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Aug 27, 2020 01:48pm
English - Socialist - Union Member - Secular Humanist - Gay -
|Info||Gordon Brown's closest political ally for over thirty years and a notably powerful Labour Chief Whip between 2008 and 2010. |
Member of Parliament for Newcastle-upon-Tyne East 1983-1997, for Newcastle-upon-Tyne East & Wallsend 1997-2010, for Newcastle-upon-Tyne East 2010-present.
Before his election, he was Legal Advisor to the Northern Region of GMBATU from 1978 and a member of Newcastle City Council (for Walker ward) from 1980. Previously he had worked in advertising.
Chief Whip 1997-1998, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food 1998-2001, Minister of State for Work 2001-2003, Treasurer of the Household 2007-2008, Minister for the North East 2007-2010, Deputy Chief Whip 2007-2008, Chief Whip 2008-2010.