My main research interests are all aspects of the British Labour Party and the Scottish Labour party. I am at present working on a study of the ideology of the Labour party under the Miliband leadership.
B.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Politics
I was educated at the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester. I joined Stirling University in 1990. Prior to that I worked at Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University). Before becoming an academic, I was a researcher in the International Department of the Labour Party.
I have written five books on the Labour party (the last, with Gerry Hassan, entilted 'The Strange Death of Labour Scotland' published 2012) . .
In my spare time I read (mainly fiction and history), watch films, walk, cycle and listen to classical and rock music (Pink Floyd above all).