Dr Desmond Stanley Turner (born 17 July 1939, Southampton) is a politician in the United Kingdom. He has been Labour member of Parliament for Brighton Kemptown since 1997.
He was educated at Luton Grammar School (now known as Luton Sixth Form College) on Bradgers Hill Road in Luton. At Imperial College London, he gained a BSc and MSc. At University College, London, he gained a PhD, researching Biochemistry. At Brighton Polytechnic, he got a PGCE, and subsequently became a teacher. He also became a partner in an independent brewery.
Turner was a Councillor on East Sussex County Council 1985-97, and on Brighton Borough Council 1994-97 and Brighton and Hove Council 1996-97.