|Address||The House of Commons |
London, SW1A 0AA, United Kingdom
|| January 28, 1960
May 08, 2021 11:02am
|Info||Dan Norris was first elected as Labour Member of Parliament for Wansdyke on 1 May 1997, with a majority of 4,799 over the Conservative Party. |
The result signified a swing of 14.4% to Labour from the Tories, and the biggest increase in Labour’s share of the vote in the South West. Wansdyke is at present the only Labour seat in Somerset.
Dan was re-elected on 7 June 2001, with an increased majority of 5,613.
At the 1992 election the Conservatives held a majority of over 13,000 (boundary changes for 1997 made the notional majority closer to 12,000)
Dan had previously stood as Labour candidate in Wansdyke (1992 - pushing the Lib Dems into third place ) and in Northavon (1987)
Dan is a former teacher and child protection officer. He has also written and lectured extensively on the prevention and reduction of violence. He is an Honorary University Fellow.
He used to be a member of Avon County Council and Bristol City Council, having won seats from both the Lib Dems and the Tories on those councils.
Dan has been active in a number of key areas since becoming Wansdyke's Labour MP. Amongst these are Launching 'Protecting Our Children' booklet
* child protection - his information booklet for parents published in May 1999 is widely regarded as the best in its field (see picture, right)
* hunting with dogs
* water pricing
* compensation for former miners
* helping local schools
* health issues
In 2001 Prime Minister Tony Blair appointed Dan as an Assistant Government Whip - a position Dan held until he stood down in 2003 to spend more time focusing on constituency work.