Alistair was born in 1955, is married to Eve, has two adult children and is a Grandad. They live in Wootton, Bedfordshire. Educated at Bury GS, Lancashire and Oxford University. Qualifying as a solicitor in 1980, he worked in practice in London until 1983.
Alistair and Eve are members of St Mary's Church, Wootton. Alistair is on the Board of Patrons of Habitat for Humanity GB, a charity tackling poverty housing on a global scale and an Ambassador to Prospects, an organisation working together with people with learning disabilities to ensure they can lead fulfilled lives, plus is connected to several local organisations serving Bedfordshire.
He plays football, runs regularly, and has completed nine London Marathons
- 1982-83 Councillor, London Borough of Haringey
- Elected MP for Bury North 1983, 1987, and 1992
1985-90 PPS to Rt Hon Kenneth Baker between
1992-95 PUSS at the Department of Social Security
- 1994-97 Sponsor Minister for Manchester and Salford
1995-97 Minister of State, Minister for Disabled People
He lost his marginal seat in 1997, and became a headhunter for Whitehead Mann GKR's sport and not for profit sector in London, moving the family to Bedford.
- Elected MP for NE Bedfordshire 2001, 2005 and 2010
- 2002-05 PPS to the Leader of the Opposition
- 2005-08 Shadow Minister for Communities and Regeneration
2008-10 Assistant Chief Whip and Deputy Party Chairman
In May 2010, Alistair was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister for the Middle East and South Asia.
Alistair's constituency political interests have been centered on his busy constituency workload, taking a keen interest in the development of public services in a growing county, countryside issues affecting villages and small towns, regional planning and transport. Alistair has been active in issues regarding Carers. Social division, urban regeneration and overseas development are also high on his agenda.