Brentford and Isleworth Labour Party is sad to hear of the death of Alan Keen, who passed away on November 13, aged 73. Alan had served as a councillor on Hounslow council from 1986 to 1990 and as Labour MP for Feltham and Heston constituency since 1992.
He was born in Lewisham in 1937 but was brought up in the shadow of the steelworks in Grangetown close to Middlesbrough in Cleveland.
Alan left Teesside at the age of 22 to join the army and almost all his three years military service was spent within half a mile of the Houses of Parliament in Whitehall and Wellington Barracks.
After leaving the army, Alan decided to stay in London and work as a systems analyst and manager. During this period he also ran his own business in the Fire Safety industry and worked as a tactical scout for Middlesbrough Football Club.
As an MP Alan maintained his interest in sport, and was a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. He was also the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Football Group, which recently undertook an inquiry into English football and its governance. Because Heathrow is an important focal point in the local area, Alan was also the Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Aviation Group, as well as the All Party Group Against Financial Exploitation.
Our sympathies go out to his wife, Ann, former Labour MP for Brentford and Isleworth, his son and daughter, and all his family and friends.