I am the Member of Parliament for East Ham and the Shadow Minister for Employment. I am also the Labour Party's Faith Envoy.
I entered Parliament in 1994 as Labour's MP for Newham North East through a by-election on 9th June 1994, and was re-elected to the new constituency of East Ham in May 1997. Since then I have held several ministerial positions including Financial Secretary to the Treasury as well as Minister for Digital Britain. After Ed Milliband's election as leader of the Labour Party, I was appointed Shadow Minister for Employment.
Having grown up in Hampshire and read mathematics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, I moved to East Ham in 1979 and married Hui-Leng in 1986. I am a keen cyclist, a member of the Ramblers Association and Chair of Christians on the Left.