Frank Dobson, MP for Holborn & St. Pancras since 1983, was born on 15 March 194O. He was educated at Archbishop Holgate Grammar school, York and the London School of Economics. He worked for 12 years for the CEGB and the Electricity Council. From 1975 he served as an Assistant Secretary in the Local Ombudsman’s Office. He joined the Labour Party in 1958, was a Camden Borough Councillor from 1971-76, Leader of the Council from 1973-75 and entered Parliament as MP for Holborn & St. Pancras South in 1979. He was Opposition Spokesperson on Education from 1981-83, Shadow Health Minister from 1983-87, Shadow Leader of the House and Campaigns Co-ordinator from 1987-89, Shadow Energy Secretary from 1989-92, Shadow Employment Secretary from 1992-93, Shadow Transport Secretary from 1993-94, Shadow Environment Secretary from 1994 until May 1997 and Shadow Minister for London from October 1993 to May 1997. He was Secretary of State for Health from May 1997 until October 1999 when he resigned his Cabinet position to seek the Labour Party nomination to become Mayor for London. He is a member of the RMT.
Frank Dobson includes walking, the theatre and watching cricket and football as his main leisure pursuits and the problems of central London, transport, energy, redistribution of wealth and reform of government to get a better deal for individuals as his special political interests. He is married with three children.