Party affiliation: Labour Party
Member. National Union of Journalists Executive Council, 1964-1969. Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead, 1974-1979 and for Birmingham Erdington, since 1983. Chairman. Parliamentary Labour Party Home Affairs Group.
1984-1985; member. Select Committee on Home Affairs, 1984-1985. Former West Midlands Labour Whip. Member. Parliamentary Labour Party Campaign Unit, 1984-1985.
Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Home Affairs, 1984-1992. Front Bench spokesman on broadcasting and the media and National Heritage. Joint Secretary, Parliamentary Anzac Group.
Vice-Chairman, All Party Motor Industry Group. Journalist, communications consultant.