Don has been the MP for Bath since 1992.
He was born in Preston, Lancashire and attended Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Keele University and the University of Bath
Don married Victoria Jane Dorcas Pettegree in 1968 in Oswestry and they have a son, a daughter and three grandchildren.
Record Of Delivery
Don has a strong record of delivering for local people. As an MP, Don has worked hard for his constituents with successful campaigns such as getting Stothert & Pitt pensioners included in the post-Maxwell saga compensation scheme and saving several local Post Offices from closure.
Don also helped in persuading government to fund the work on Combe Down Stone Mines, helped with changing government policy to provide greater powers for our council to control tour bus operations and lobbying for extra funding for the Western Riverside development.
Working with the local Lib Dem Council group, Don was successful in his campaign to keep Culverhay School open after it was threatened with closure by the local Conservative party.
In Bath, Don has helped create over 2,500 new apprentices since 2010 in Bath, overseen a 20% increase in business start ups and helped take out almost 7,000 people from paying income tax.
In Parliament, Don was previously a spokesman on education for the Liberal Democrats under the leadership of Paddy Ashdown in 1992, in which capacity he remained until 1999. After this he became the Shadow Culture Secretary for the party and then the Spokesperson after the formation on the Coalition government in 2010. In September 2012 Don was made the Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and in October 2013 was promoted to being the Chief whip of the Liberal Democrat side of the Coalition.
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