Lancaster University„ Bachelor of Arts (Hons), History. Newcastle University.
Member Parliament for Darlington Government of United Kingdom, since 1992, state minister for health, 1997—1998, chief secretary to the treasury, 1998, secretary of state for health, 1999—2003, Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster, 2004.
Member Union for Manufacturing, Science and Finance. President, Union for Manufacturing, Science and Finance North East Region, since 1989. Board member, the Unemployment Unit.