A former diplomat who sat in the House of Commons as Labour MP for Southampton Test between 1974 and 1979 and then for Dagenham between 1983 and 1994. He served as a member of the Shadow Cabinet in a variety of roles and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Labour Party leadership in 1992. He stood down from Parliament in 1994 to become Vice Chancellor of the University of Waikato in his native New Zealand. He is the author of The Democracy Sham: How Globalisation Devalues Your Vote (2006), Myths, Politicians and Money (2008) and Call To Action (2015).

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