Party affiliation: Labour Party
Trade Union Official. National Union of Seamen, 1968-1970. Member of Parliament for Hull East, since 1970.
Member, Commons Select Committee on Nationalised Industries, 1973. United Kingdom Delegate, Council of Europe and Western European Union, 1972-1975. United Kingdom Delegate, European Community Parliament, 1975.
Leader of Labour Party Delegation to European Community Parliament, 1976-1979. Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Trade, 1974-1976. Opposition Front Bench Transport Spokesman, 1979-1981, and on Regional Affairs and Devolution, 1981-1983.
Member. Shadow Cabinet and Labour Party Spokesman on Transport, 1983-1984. Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Employment, 1984-1987. On Energy 198788, and on Transport, since 1988.
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, since 1992. Steward in Merchant Navy, 1955-1963.