MPs: Matthew Offord MP; Andrew Dismore AM; Seb Dance MEP;

Hendon (House of Commons)

Mr Matthew Offord MP (Conservative)

Surgery: 120 Bunns Lane
Mill Hill

Surgery Tel: 020 8445 0702

MP Since - 2010 Majority - 106 Born - 03/09/1969. Married (Claire).
Education - Amery Hill School. Nottingham Trent University.

Previous Occupation - Worked for the BBC as a Political Analyst.

Personal Overview - His political experience includes having been a local Councillor in the Hendon area as well as having been a party agent in a number of campaigns across the country. Within the Council he held several senior positions including Deputy Council Leader and was also the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport.

Political History - Chairman of the Hendon Conservative Association (2004). Councillor, London Borough Barnet (2002-10), former Chairman of the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee. General Election candidate for Barnsley East and Mexborough in South Yorkshire (2001). Conservative Election Agent for Hendon (2005). MP Hendon (2010-). Member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee (2012-).

Characteristics - Has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, in 2005 he undertook a 2,000 km exploration of the Libyan Desert. He is a keen sailor, having taken part in the Round the Island race off the Isle of Wight for many years as a part of the Welsh Harp's Seahorse Sailing Club. He has also scuba dived in many parts of the world including, several Mediterranean countries, the Caribbean, the Maldives, in the English Channel, off the coast of Cornwall and various quarries and lakes in Lancashire and Cumbria. He has also travelled extensively around the countries of the EU.

Business Tel: 020 7219 3000


Interests: Health,Local Government

Commitee membership
  • Environmental Audit Committee (Member)
  • Group against Antisemitism (Treasurer)
  • Biodiversity Group (Vice Chairman)
  • Christian and Jewish Relations Group (Member)
  • Crossrail Group (Member)
  • Democracy in Bahrain Group (Member)
  • Game and Wildlife Conservation Group (Member)
  • Prevention of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity Group (Vice Chairman)
  • British Hindus Group (Vice Chairman)
  • British Jews Group (Chairman)
  • Policing Group (Vice Chairman)
  • Rowing Group (Member)
  • Sailing and Marine Leisure Group (Member)
  • Thameslink Route Group (Chairman)
  • Young Disabled People Group (Member)
  • Africa Group (Member)
  • British-Cyprus Group (Chairman)
  • Greece Group (Member)
  • Britain-Israel Group (Secretary)
  • British-Maldives Group (Member)


Barnet and Camden (Greater London Authority)

Mr Andrew Dismore AM (Labour)

GLA Member Since - 2012 Majority - 21,299 Born - 02/09/1954 Single.
Education - Bridlington Grammar School, Warwick University (LLB 1975), London School of Economics (LLM 1976), Guildford College of Law.
Previous Occupation - Solicitor. Education Department, GMWU (1976-78), Robert Thomson & Partners (1978-95), Russell Jones & Walker (1995-97). Consultancy basis as a Co-ordinator of the Access to justice Action Group (2010-12).
Personal Overview - Entered the London Assembly in 2012 winning this seat from the Conservatives after having lost his Westminster seat in 2010 by only 106 votes. He comes from a legal background, specialising in representing injured workers (and their Trade Unions). Prior to entering the London Assembly he also campaigned for the rights of ordinary people to obtain legal redress in the courts as a Co-ordinator of the Access to justice Action Group. He has leadership experience in Local Government (previously Labour Group Leader on Westminster City Council). He has been a member of Action for Southern Africa, the Co-operative Party and the Society of Labour Lawyers. His legal experience also gives him an interest, and probably a certain amount of expertise in civil justice issues. Demonstrated an interest in Jewish affairs in the Westminster Parliament, making a call for legislation to allow for easier remarriage for Jewish women. He also focussed on the campaign to rebuild Edgware Hospital which was completed in 2005. As Chairman of the Joint Committee on Human Rights he was involved in producing reports on the role of business and human rights in the developing world and on the issue of a Bill of Rights for the UK.
Political History - Cllr Westminster City Council (1982-97). Labour Group Leader (1990-97). MP Hendon (1997-2010). Member of the Accommodation & Works Select Committee (1997-99), member of the Social Security Select Committee (1999-2001), Standards & Privileges Select Committee (2001-10), Work & Pensions Select Committee (2001-05). Chairman of the Joint Committee on Human Rights (2005-10), member of the Liaison Select Committee (2005-10). GLA Member Barnet & Camden (2012-).
Other Information - Voluntary Chair of Trustees, Council of British Archaeology, London. Has been a GMB Member. Also has held membership of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Labour Friends of Israel. Has written articles for a number of legal journals. Speaks conversational French (A-level) and Greek (Institute of Linguists, Grade 1). Has interests in Greek History and Culture as well as general historical research.
All Party Groups - N/a.

Business Tel: 020 7983 4000


My blog

Interests: Health & Safety,Law & Order,Education & Training,Human Rights,Local Government


London (European Parliament)

Mr Seb Dance MEP (Labour)

MEP Since - 2014. Born - 1981. Partner (Spencer Livermore, Labour Campaign Director).
Education - N/a.
Previous Occupation - Former Parliamentary Researcher and Special Advisor to Sean Woodward MP (As Northern Ireland Secretary). Worked for the international development charity ActionAid UK as a Government Relations Adviser.

Personal Overview - Elected from 4th place on Labour's London list in 2014, in what was a good year for the party in the capital. He has a career background working in the charity sector in a public affairs role for ActionAid, a charity which is primarily focussed on global poverty issues. He has also spent time as a Special Advisor to the last Labour Government on Northern Ireland in a role which involved trying to bring together historically divided communities. He is originally from South London and has been a Labour Party member from the age of 16, having campaigned for the party at both local and national elections.

Political History - MEP London Region (2014-). Member of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (2014-). Member of the Delegation for relations with South Africa (2014-). Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (2014-). Substitute member of the Committee on Development (2014-).

Other Information - Has been a member of Unite and the Co-operative Party.

Intergroups - N/a.

Business Tel: +32(0)2 28 45833


My blog

Interests: Environment,Poverty,Equal Opportunities,Charities,Northern Ireland,Employment

Commitee membership
  • Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (Member)
  • Development (Substitute)


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