Party affiliation: Labour Party
Councillor, Hull City Council, 1979-1986, Chairman Transport Committee 1981-1985. Exec, member, Federation of Public Passenger Employers, 1981-1986 and member, NIJC of Municipal Bus Industries. Member of Parliament for Glanford and Scunthorpe, since 1987.
Opposition Spokesman on Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, since 1992. Former Deputy Traffic Commissioner, North East Region.