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Southampton, Itchen (House of Commons)
Rt Hon. John Denham MP (Labour)
Surgery: 20-22 Southampton Street
Surgery Tel: 023 80339807
MP Since - 1992 Majority - 192 Born - 15/07/1953, Divorced 1 son, 1 daughter, Partner, 1 son.
Education - Woodroffe Comprehensive School Lyme Regis. Southampton University.
Previous Occupation - Campaigner for Friends of the Earth (1977-79). Campaign Organiser 'War on Want' (1984-88). Author of several publications (on poverty, youth and reconstruction). Ex Consultant to voluntary organisations on lobbying (1988-92). Is the author of several publications.
Personal Overview - Comes from the left of the Labour Party, but has adapted his thinking in recent years to the satisfaction of the New Labour leadership. He has had local authority experience on Southampton City Council where he focused on directly community related issues (see History). Seems inclined towards a positive stance on European issues. Tends to be quite liberal on social issues, having interests in Health, Housing and Environment. Has advanced in Government, gaining the Welfare Reform responsibility in the 1998 Government reshuffle, and moved into the Department of Health following changes caused by the resignation of Peter Mandleson MP. Although initially with the difficult pensions portfolio (caught between then Social Security and Treasury) he then prospered in Government, partly through short tenures avoiding any mud sticking. Resigned as a Minister at the Home Office in March 2003 in protest at the Government's decision to go into conflict with Iraq without a second UN resolution. Was appointed the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee in the Summer of 2003. Made a surprising return to the Cabinet in 2007, covering the Innovation, Universities and Skills part of the revamped Education and Skills Department. Replaced Hazel Blears, who had resigned as the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government at the June 2009 reshuffle. Achieved promotion in October 2010 to hold the Shadow Business portfolio. Anounced just prior to the October 2011 reshuffle that he would be standing down from the Labour front bench. Became PPS to Labour Leader Ed Miliband, but stood down in April 2013 to focus on his role on the Southern Taskforce.
Political History - Cllr Hampshire County Council (1981-89). Cllr Southampton City Council (now Unitary) (1989-93, St Luke's Ward), Chairman, Housing Committee, and Community Action Committee. Member for Southampton Itchen (1992-). Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (Pensions) (1997-98), Social Security Minister with responsibility for Welfare Reform (1998), Minister of State, Department of Health (1999-2001), Home Office (2001-03). Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee (2003-07), member of the Liaison Select Committee (2003-07). Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (2007-09). Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2009-10). Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2010). Shadow Minister for the South East of England (2010-11). Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (2010-11). Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband (2011-13).
Characteristics - An ex issue campaigner, is locally aware with Local Government experience.
Business Tel: 020 7219 4515
Interests: Environment,Housing,Law & Order,General Economy,Health,Development Issues,Local Government
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cardiac Risk in the Young (Member)
- Lords and Commons Cricket Club (Associate Group) (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society (Member)
Southampton, Test (House of Commons)
Dr Alan Whitehead MP (Labour)
Surgery: 1st & 3rd Fridays
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The 3rd Age Centre
SO14 0LH (map)
9-19 Rose Road
SO14 6TE (map)
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Lordshill District Centre
SO16 8HY (map)
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Shirley Local Housing Office
Shirley High Street
SO15 5LL (map)
REMEMBER: I will not be able to see you unless you make an appointment through my office first. To make an appointment call 023 8023 1942
Surgery Tel: 023 8023 1942
MP Since - 1997 Majority - 2,413 Born - 15/09/1950. Married, 1 son & 1 daughter. Education - Isleworth Grammar School, Southampton University.
Previous Occupation - Director, Outset (1979-83), Deputy (1976-79); Director, BIIT (1983-92); Professor of public policy, Southampton Institute (1992-97).
Personal Overview - Locally based, he has challenged for this seat since 1983. The local experience mainly derives from long term service on the local council (Southampton BC Council Leader 1984-92). He had a role in the redevelopment of Southampton City Centre (with a particular interest in the Mayflower Theatre), and was involved in attempts to improve transport in the City by undertaking a strategic overview of provision. As well as having worked in the Education system, he has also been a Governor at Cantell School (Southampton). He also appears to have a long standing interest in Environmental issues (former member of Socialist Environment and Resources Association (SERA), Greenpeace, and Southampton sustainable City Initiative). His short lived initial ministerial appointment may have surprised those able to recall his leftwing past, which included at the 1983 Labour Party Conference the denunciation of Dennis Healey's efforts to forge a mainstream party as unwarranted 'electoralism'. Antagonistic towards the Liberal Democrats, whom he views as opportunistic jackals, he is consequently a tactical proponent of First Past the Post.
Political History - Councillor Southampton Borough Council (1980-92), Council Leader (1984-92). Parliamentary Candidate, Southampton Test (1983, 1987 & 1992). MP Southampton Test (1997-). Member of the Environment, Transport & Regional Affairs Select Committee, Environment Sub-Committee (1997-99). PPS to David Blunkett, Secretary of State for Education & Employment (1999-2000). PPS to Baroness Blackstone, Minister for Education & Employment (1999-2001). Parliamentary Under Secretary, Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (2001-02). Member of the Standards & Privileges Select Committee (2005-13). Member of the Constitutional Affairs/Justice Select Committee (2007-10). Member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee (2009-). Member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee (2010-). Member of the Standards Committee (2013-). Member of the Privileges Committee (2013-).
Characteristics - Locally experienced, likely to be educationally and environmentally conscious. Member of UNISON.
Business Tel: 020 7219 5517
Interests: Environment,European Issues,Regional Policy,Energy,Transport,Disability,Renewable Energy,Local Government
- Environmental Audit Committee (Member)
- Energy and Climate Change Committee (Member)
- Privileges Committee (Member)
- Standards Committee (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Balanced and Sustainable Communities Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Biodiversity (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Biomass (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Environment Group (Vice Chairman)
- All-Party Parliamentary Green Deal Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Home Safety Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Intelligent Energy (Secretary)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Development and the Environment (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group (Vice Chairman)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil and Gas (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Rail Group (Member)
- Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (Associate Group) (Chairman)
- Road Passenger Transport Group (Associate Group) (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sustainable Housing (Member)
- Sustainable Resource Group (Associate Group) (Chairman)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Wood Panel Industry (Member)
- Estonia Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland (Chairman)
South East (European Parliament)
Mr Keith Taylor MEP (Green)
MEP Since - 2010 Born - 01/08/1953. Partner (Lizzie).
Education - N/a.
Previous Occupation - Worked in sales (1972-1980). Self-employed/Co-Director of a local business (1980-1999). Regional Liaison Officer for Caroline Lucas MEP (2002-2007).
Personal Overview - Replaced the outgoing Caroline Lucas here in June 2010 after she was successful in her bid to become the Green party's first MP at Westminster. He is an experienced Councillor, having led the Green Group in Brighton for a number of years. He has also shown an interest in foreign affairs issues, as a Councillor was active in campaigning to secure the release of Brighton resident Omar Degayes from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He has also been involved in High Court action supporting families with Autistic children. Within the party, he has been a spokesperson on planning and regeneration as well as a Principal Speaker at the time when the party had not adopted a single leader. He has also been involved in policy development with the party election manifesto. Locally, he he is likely to have gained a good knowledge of his electoral region through his work for his predecessor.
Political History - Councillor, Brighton and Hove City Council (1999-2010). Green Group Leader (2001-08). Chair, Association of Green Councillors (2001-2002). Principal Speaker for the Green Party of England & Wales (2004-2006). Regeneration Spokesperson (2008-10). MEP South East Region (2010-). Member of the Afghanistan Delegation (2010-), Substitute member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (2010-) and the Iran Delegation (2010-). Member of the International Trade Committee (2010-) and the Transport and Tourism Committee (2010-). Substitute member of the Petitions Committee (2010-).
Other Information - Has been a Vice President of the UKs Local Government Association Group in the European Parliament. Former representative for Brighton and Hove on the UN Peace Messenger City project and a City representative to the Local Government Association.
Intergroups - Member of the LGBT Rights Group.
Business Tel: +32 (0)2 28 45153
Interests: Environment,Economic Regeneration,Womans Issues,Regional Policy,Conservation
- Petitions (Substitute)
- Transport & Tourism (Member)
- International Trade (Member)
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