Dan was Somerset Labour MP for rural Wansdyke from 1997 to 2010 turning over a 12,000 Tory majority in the 1997 Blair landslide with the biggest swing to Labour in the south-west. He was a government whip under Tony Blair and minister for the environment and rural affairs under Gordon Brown (including responsibility for waste and recycling, adaptation to climate change, and GM crops and nano-technology).
Dan was parliamentary private secretary to David Miliband at the Foreign Office and previously to Peter Hain in Northern Ireland during the successful conclusion to the peace process (where he was sole witness to the first-ever conversation between Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams!).
Dan has taken key responsibility for Labour in campaigning against the Liberal Democrats and for many years produced ‘Liberal Demolition’ magazine and helped front the ‘Beating the Liberal Democrats’ roadshow.
Before national politics Dan trained as a child protection officer with the NSPCC, going on to work in many of the poorest communities in Bristol and Somerset. He was a Bristol city and Avon councillor. Dan now works freelance in communications for both businesses and charities and is a national spokesperson for children’s charity Kidscape. His big concerns in politics have included child, and animal, welfare. His strong opposition to hunting resulted in Dan and his staff being on the receiving end of violence from his opponents – which continues to this day! Dan is a member of the GMB.
Regions available to speak in:
East Midlands, Eastern, London, North-east, North-west, Scotland, South-east, South-west, Wales, west Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber
Topics available to speak on:
Child protection, animal welfare, the Environment, rural affairs, Northern Ireland, beating the Liberal Democrats, campaigning to win in non-traditional Labour areas.
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