Party affiliation: Labour Party
Councillor, Cheshire County Council, 1981 -90. Chairman, Libraries and Countryside Committee, 1982, 1984-1989. Chairman, Further and Higher Education Committee, 1984-1989.
Chairman, Tourism Committee, 1984-1989. Deputy Chairman, North West Tourist Board, 1987-1989. Chairman, Cheshire County Council Information and Leisure Services Committee, 1989.
Chairman, Education Resources and Planning Committee, Member of European Parliament, since 1989, Socialist Group.