Peter has lived in Leicester South for over 30 years. During this time he served on Leicester Council – 17 years as Council leader. He spearheaded City Challenge, bringing over £400m of jobs and regeneration to Leicester – including the land for the Walkers Stadium.

Throughout his public life Peter has campaigned for the very best for all our communities.
He was knighted by the Queen in 1999 for services to the City of Leicester.



  Born in Bishop Auckland on December 27 1948.



Educated at City of Leicester College of Education and Leicester University.

Councils, Public Bodies

  Leicester City Council:
Councillor 1973-2003
Council Leader 1981-1994, 1995-1999

Chaired Leicester City Challenge Project 1994-1998
Former member Audit Commission
Former member Beacon Council Advisory Panel

Formerly Head of Regions for the British Lung Foundation and Deputy Chair of British Waterways. Interested in inland waterways restoration and use.

Electoral History

  Contested Harborough 1979 general election
Leicester South by-election, 2004
Elected member for Leicester South May 5 2005 general election (results...) and increased his majority in 2010 General Election (results...)

Trade Union

  Member of Unite
Member of the Co-operative Party



Commons Select Committees
Peter has served on;
Crossrail Bill
Modernisation Committee
Transport Committee
Procedure Committee
Environment, Food and Rurals Affairs Committee

He is currently a member of
Procedure Committee
Political & Constitutional Reform Committee

October 2010: Peter was appointed as Shadow Enviroment Minister



Photo below shows Peter together with his late wife Alison, and their three children, Cassandra, Eleanor and Lauren and six grandchildren; the latest grandson was born on January 4 2010. One of their favourite family photos is shown below.

Below, one of Peter's grandchildren, Alfie, pictured here being held by his cousin Robert.
Peter's most recent grandson, Ewan, who was born on January 4 2010
Peter is an active member of Leicester Unitarian Chapel.

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