I have been a member of the Labour Party for many years, and a member of North Somerset CLP since 2000, when I moved to Backwell. I am an academic by profession, working most recently at the University of Bristol, where I spent some six years in senior management roles, acting for some time as Dean of my Faculty. I was for a time Chair of the West Region of the Royal Society of Arts, and sit on the Boards of various cultural bodies. Throughout my political life, my priority has been seeing a Labour-led government in power, and this has never seemed more urgent than now. I am familiar with Labour Party policy in general terms, although I shall have a lot of work to do to familiarise myself with the detail and to communicate this, where necessary, to members of the CLP and to understand members’ priorities and concerns at a local level.