Keith is a Parish Councillor in Alwoodley in North East Leeds and chairs Alwoodley Parish Council Planning Committee.
Keith is a former Labour activist and councillor. Keith joined the Labour Party 1987, was a Labour Councillor for 23 years, and was a Labour parliamentary candidate in 3 general elections.
Keith resigned from the Labour Party in March 2019 and joined the Liberal Democrats in May 2019.
More on why Keith left the Labour Party can be seen on the post on this site.
Originally from Warrington in the North West, Keith is a big Rugby League fan and life long supporter of Warrington RLFC.
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Experience of public office:
Councillor on Dacorum Borough Council (1995 to 2013)
- Leader, Labour Group – Dacorum Borough Council 1999 to 2006 and 2007 to 2012
- Chair Economic Prosperity Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Dacorum Borough Council 2003
- Vice Chair Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Dacorum Borough Council 2006
- Deputy Leader of the Council – Dacorum Borough Council 1996 -1999
- Chair of Housing – Dacorum Borough Council 1996-1999
- Chair of Economic Development – Dacorum Borough Council 1995 – 1999
- Vice Chair Works Committee – Dacorum Borough Council 1995 – 1996
Previously Non-Executive Director of Dacorum Primary Care Trust (2003 – 2005)
Previously Councillor for Batchwood Ward, St. Albans City and District Council (1989 – 1993)
- Chair of Personnel Committe – St. Albans City and District Council
- Vice Chair of Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee – St. Albans City and District Council
Other Political Experience
Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate:
- North East Bedfordshire – 2005
- Aylesbury – 2001
- Buckingham – 1992
Labour Party Candidate for Leeds City Council:
- Alwoodley Ward – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
Voluntary Sector Activities
- Founder Trustee of Music at St. John’s Community Project
- Former Trustee and board member of AgeUK (Dacorum)
- Former Trustee and former Chair of Mediation Dacorum (forerunner of Mediation Hertfordshire)