British Labour Party politician who became a Member of Parliament for St Helens South and Whiston in 2001. He also became Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in 2007 and Shadow Secretary of State in 2010.
He studied English literature at Jesus College, Cambridge, and attended Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar.
He was a member of the Conservative Party, but controversially left and joined the Labour Party in 1999.
He married Camilla Davan Sainsbury in 1987 and they had three daughters and one son together.
He worked closely with U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown who appointed him Secretary of State.