Alan Johnson has served the constituency of Hull West and Hessle, since it’s inception in 1997.
Born in London in 1950, he attended Sloane Grammar School in Chelsea, before leaving at the age of 15, taking a job in a supermarket stacking shelves.
Aged 18, he worked as a postman, and became interested in Union politics, joining the Union of Communication Workers, becoming Branch Official, and ultimately as General Secretary in 1992.
A member of the Labour Party since 1971, he worked for Labour’s National Executive Committee, until entering parliament in 1997.
During his time in the Commons, he held various Government roles, including Secretary of State for Health, Education, Trade and Industry, and Work and Pensions. In 2009, he became Home Secretary, replacing Jacqui Smith.
He ran for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party in 2007, where he was narrowly beaten by Harriet Harman. He was touted for a leadership challenge in 2014, which he denied.
Away from his political life, his hobbies include music, tennis, reading, cooking, football, and radio. He has also published two volumes of his memoirs, winning several awards for his work.