Professional ExperienceI was a cabinet and government Minister for twelve years from 1997, including: Secretaries of State for Work and Pensions, Northern Ireland and Wales. I was Leader of the House of Commons; Foreign Minister (Africa, Middle East, South Asia, UN); Europe Minister; Energy Minister. I have chaired the United Nations Security Council and negotiated two UN Treaties on nuclear non-proliferation and ‘’blood’ diamonds. I negotiated a draft European Treaty reported by European media in 2003 as a ‘victory for the UK’.
I was also a member of the House of Lords November from 2015; Member of Parliament 1991 – 2015. Non-Executive Director 2013- current. BSc (Econ) (1973), MPhil (1980).
As an MP, I helped resolve difficult disputes between constituents and statutory authorities; between companies and government; between workers and employers; and sometimes disputes between neighbours.
As a national trade union official for 14 years, I was involved in pay and other negotiations, mostly reaching settlements but on occasion ending in disputes and strikes which then had to be resolved.