Master of Arts in History with honours, Oxford (England) University, 1976; student, Harvard University, 1979.
He then went on to postgraduate studies at the Warburg Institute (part of the University of London) and Harvard University"s Kennedy School of Government, being a Kennedy Scholar in Politics and International Relations. Once elected to Parliament, Gordon served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Irvine of Lairg in the Lord Chancellor"s Department (2001-2003), Tessa Jowell as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (2003-2005) and John Denham as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and shadow communities secretary (since 2009). In 2003, he was made a Visiting Parliamentary Fellow of Street Antony"s College, Oxford.
He is Chair of the Associate Parliamentary Skills Group and of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Veterans.
Gordon Marsden was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election of 2015. He also served as Chair of the Young Fabians and now serves as a Trustee of Dartmouth Street, the building where the Society is based.
Marsden convened the first group of Labour MPs representing seaside and coastal towns. In 2007 Gordon was asked to chair a Manifesto Group for the Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Seaside and Coastal Towns.
Earlier this year Gordon was named as one of the Daily Telegraph"s expenses "saints", due to the low levels of his expenses claims.
When Parliament is sitting he commutes to London from his main home in Brighton, while his Blackpool constituency home is a rented flat above his office in Highfield Road and is his designated second home. Gordon Marsden"s channel on YouTube.
Before entering Parliament he had been a tutor for the Open University since 1994, as well as a public affairs adviser to English Heritage and, for twelve years, the editor of History Today and New Socialist magazine.
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Gordon is a member of the House of Commons Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee and previously served on the Education and Skills Select Committee before it was dissolved in 2007. Marsden is a member of the, of which he was chairman in 2000-2001.