David was first elected to Parliament to represent Basildon in 1983, and then stood for election in Southend West in 1997. He has been an active MP in Parliament, sponsoring bills including the Pet Animals Bill in 1990, the Abortion (Amendment) Bill in 1996-7 and the Warm Homes Bill, which passed in to law in December 2000. With 30 years’ experience in Parliament, David often chairs debates in the House of Commons as a Member of the Chairman’s Panel. He is also a member of the Backbench Business Committee, which determines, on behalf of backbench Members of Parliament, the business that will come before the House on days allocated by the Government. On top of this, David is also a long-standing Vice-Chair of the Industry and Parliament Trust. David is passionate about animal welfare and pro-life issues.