Member of Parliament for Lewisham West since 1992, and was re-elected for Lewisham West and Penge in May 2010. Lifelong resident of the area.
· Member – Science and Technology Select Committee 2012 – present
· Member – Health Select Committee 2001-2010
· Senior Government Whip 1997-2001
· Opposition Spokesperson on Northern Ireland 1995-1997
· Former Opposition Whip with responsibility for London
· London Borough of Lewisham Councillor 1974-1994
· Mayor of Lewisham 1992
Before entering Parliament, worked as an electronics engineer for Plessey/GPT and as a petrol station manager
Main Political Interests:
· Animal Welfare
Member of the Co-operative Party, Co-operative Wholesale Society, GMB, League Against Cruel Sports, WWF, IFAW, RSPB, NSPCC, Oxfam and Bromley Labour Club.
Member of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East.
Studied at Dalmain, Sedgehill and London Nautical Schools
5 March 1951 – Bad Eilsen, Germany