When I first started in Mayfield, it was in the September of 1960. It was my second teaching post the first having been in the Borough of Waltham Forest. My first class contained Roger Hawke, John Hornby, Eric Dilger and others. They were a good class and worked hard for me. I hope that they have subsequently done well in life. Mayfield was a good school, with strict discipline and high standards of behaviour.
I taught at Mayfield Boys’ School from 1960 to 1966. In this time I was head of the History Department; subsequently I became head of History at Hockerill Training College, Bishops Stortford. In 1974 I entered Parliament as MP for Ipswich where I served until 1987. After that I became a director of Advocacy Ltd, a London firm of Parliamentary Consultants. I am now retired.