A Brief Biography

Place of birth: Ince, Makerfield
Education: Harraby secondary
University: Carlisle college

Previous Occupation: Personnel Manager
Career History:
1966-87: Laboratory technician and personnel manager, Nestle Co.

Marital Status: Married
Children: No

Councils, public bodies
Councillor, Carlisle County Borough Council 1972-74;
Cumbria County Council:
Councillor 1973-88,
Chair 1983-85;
East Cumbria Health Authority:
Member 1975-88,
Chairman 1977-79
Electoral history
Member for Carlisle since 11 June 1987 general election
Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Defence, Disarmament and Arms Control with special responsibilities for the RAF 1992-95
Opposition Whip 1996-97
Parliamentary career
Shadow Defence Minister 1992-97;
to Dr David Clark as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1997-98,
to Baroness Jay of Paddington as Lord Privy Seal, Leader of the Lords and Minister for Women 1998-2001
Select committees
Member: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2001-02
Current posts
Chair, All-Party West Coast Main Line Group 1992-
Member, Parliamentary Members Fund;
Trustee, Parliamentary Pension Fund
Backbench Committees
Member, Labour Party Departmental Committee for Office of Public Service 1997-2001
All party groups (office-holding)
Chair, West Coast Main Line Group 1998-
Political interests
Transport, Health, Social Services, Agriculture, Defence

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On behalf of Eric Martlew, 3 Chatsworth Square Carlisle Cumbria CA1 1HB