Hello, and I hope you find the information here of interest.
I have been in politics virtually all my adult life. I was first elected a councillor in 1959, and in 1966 was elected to the House of Commons for a Croydon constituency. Since 1979 I have been Member of Parliament for Walsall North. I was re-elected as the Member for Walsall North for the eighth time on 6th May 2010. You can find more information on my biography page
You can find information about Walsall North on the constituency page
Details of my areas of interest and work in Westminster can be found on the Work in Parliament page, which also has a drop-down menu listing, by year, speeches I have made and questions I have put to Ministers in Parliament.
Details on how to contact me by post, email or at one of my regular all the year round surgeries are on the contact page. It is my practice to reply to constituents’ letters and emails promptly, and to chase up replies from officialdom where appropriate, including putting down Parliamentary questions to Ministers asking when a delayed reply will be answered.
Local organisations are also chased up on a regular basis by my office when replies are overdue. If a Member of Parliament has to wait too long for a response, one can certainly assume the public will be waiting much longer. In the main, replies do come on time.
UPDATE ON 12TH JUNE 2014 - PASSPORTS
I am receiving a number of enquiries about delays over the issuing of passports. When contacting my office by email or phone over such an issue, please include:
- the full name as on the passport application
- full home address and postcode
- reference number (also called the barcode number)
- date of birth
- date passport applied for
- how passport was applied for (i.e. through the post, post office, etc)
- whether this is a first passport or a renewal
Finally, please include your intended date of travel