Jim is the Member of Parliament for Coventry South. He was elected in 1992 in the constituency of Coventry South East and then re-elected for the new constituency of Coventry South in 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2015 and most recently in 2017 with the largest ever share of the vote for Labour in the constituency's history.
Jim was born in Scotland but moved to Coventry in the 1950's where he later became an engineer with Rolls Royce based at Ansty. Jim was elected as a Coventry City Councillor in 1972, rising to become Leader of the Council in 1988.
Upon entering Parliament, Jim made his maiden speech on May 12th 1992 where he criticised the then Conservative Government for the lack of funding they were providing to Coventry. He remains to this day a vocal supporter of bringing funding, jobs and resources to Coventry.
Jim has served on a number of Parliamentary Select Committees and served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary until the 2010 General Election.
Jim currently today sits as a backbencher, regularly raises issues relating to Coventry in Parliament, including hosting debates in Westminster Hall and questioning Government Ministers.
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