Tomorrow Dan Jarvis, shadow minister for Youth Justice and Victims, will be in Leeds North West. He’ll be campaigning with Alex Sobel, especially on the Missing Millions Campaign – which aims to register the over 7 million voters lost from the electoral register.
There are thousands of missing voters in Headingley and Weetwood – and Dan will be out reminding people how important it is to be on the electoral register.
You can campaign with Dan tomorrow afternoon – meet at the Original Oak at 2 p.m.
And there will be an opportunity for an informal chat with him about his policy brief and more after campaigning.
So as part of our occasional series on Labour’s shadow cabinet – here’s some background information about Dan and his life.
Dan is now MP for Barnsley Central.
He grew up in Nottingham and attended the Rushcliffe Comprehensive School, before graduating from Aberystwyth University in 1996, with a degree in International Politics and Strategic Studies.
He went on from there to a military career – starting at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. From Sandhurst he was commissioned into The Parachute Regiment and subsequently deployed to Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan.
During his service his postings included: Platoon Commander with 1 Para, Aide de Camp to General Sir Mike Jackson, Adjutant of 3 Para.
In 2003 he was promoted to Major. He then worked as a staff planner in the Permanent Joint Headquarters and at the Army’s Headquarters. He also served as a Company Commander in the Special Forces Support Group.
In January 2011 he became the first person since World War Two to resign his commission in order to contest a parliamentary by-election. He was elected on 3 March 2011, increasing the majority despite the reduced turn out that usually comes with a by-election.
He was subsequently awarded the MBE for his service in the Army, which made him the first serving MP to be decorated for military service in many years.
On entering Parliament, Dan sat as a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee. In October 2011 he was made a shadow minister for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and in October 2013 he was appointed as a shadow minister for Justice with responsibility for Youth Justice and Victims. Additionally, Dan is also the Labour party’s lead for the 100th anniversary commemoration of World War One.
Outside of his shadow ministerial brief, Dan takes an interest in a broad range of issues in Parliament, including: defence, security and international development, child poverty, education and skills, cancer, care for the elderly and vulnerable, volunteering, fuel poverty, culture, heritage, sport and the countryside.
An interesting man – and he’s just finished his own personal round-the-country tour – doorknocking in nine regions in nine days.
It’s convinced him that Labour will win – on the doorstep, conversation by conversation.
And tomorrow he’ll be having some those conversations here in Leeds NW.
Meet at 2 p.m. at the Original Oak.
See you all there!