Party affiliation: Labour Party
Member of Parliament for Barnsley Central, since 1987. Member. Commons Select Committee on Energy. Member, Commons Select Committee on Televising Proceedings in the House.
Opposition Whip; Member, Select Committee on Procedure, since 1991. Joint Chairman, All Party Glass Group. Compensation officer, Yorkshire Area, National Union of Miners, 1978-1981, Asst Head of General Department, 1981-1984, Head of General Department and Chief Admin Officer, 1984-1987.