I have served as the Labour Party MP for Scunthorpe for the last 6 years. In 2010 I won the seat with majority of over 2500. I was the first MP for 80 years to represent Scunthorpe after spending an adult life time of living in the constituency. On May 7th 2015 I was re-elected with an increased majority. I have lived in Scunthorpe for over 30 years with my wife and three children.
I grew up in Leicester and attended school there before studying at the University of Hull and then King’s University College London completing my undergraduate degree and then my PGCE respectively. I taught English in a school in Hull before I moved to Sweden to also teach English. I then returned to the country to take up a position at the award winning John Leggott College in Scunthorpe, where I became vice principal and then principal before my election to Parliament.
While teaching at John Leggott I was also a local councillor for Kingsway with Lincoln Gardens and then leader of North Lincolnshire Council from 1997 - 2003. I was the first leader to hold control of the council through an election in its history. I was also the deputy chair of Yorkshire Forward from 2005 - 2007.
I have been a member of several All Party Parliamentary Groups and an officer of some - including the APPG for Education, the APPG for Skills and Employment, and the APPG for the replacement of animals in medical experimentation. I am currently a member of other APPGs that highlight good causes in Parliament.
I am at the forefront of many campaigns in Parliament including the recent push for fairer funding for post-16 education where I was able to draw on my experience in education to promote the cause.
According to They Work For You, my record for speaking in debates and asking questions is above average. I always try to speak in debates that affect the constituency or constituents. I also frequently mention constituents and raise their cases in Parliament directly to the Government.