Labour MP – Hartlepool
9 May 1972
I became MP for Hartlepool in the by-election of September 2004.
I followed Peter Mandelson as the town’s MP when he left Parliament to become a European Commissioner.
I previously served on Hartlepool Borough Council from 2002, where I had responsibility for performance management as part of its Cabinet.
Since entering Parliament I have been a member of the Public Accounts and Modernisation Standing Committees (2007), and Parliamentary Private Secretary to a health minister (2005-06). I was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the department of Communities and Local Government in June 2007. In 2009 I moved to the Department of Children, Schools and Families as Parliamentary under Secretary of State for 14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships.
My particular political interests are the Economy, Health and Education.
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I have been married to my wife Tiffiny since 1995 and we have four children - Ben, Jacob, Hattie and Billy.
born and have lived all my life in Hartlepool and attended Fens and Manor schools.
After studying History at University College, London, I became a chartered accountant. My last job before entering Parliament was as an accountant for One Northeast – the regional development agency.
In the spare time I have I enjoy spending time with my wife and children and listening to music - especially groups like New Order, the Smiths and the Stone Roses. I am also a season ticket holder for Hartlepool United and go every week with my brother.