Dennis Skinner hails from Clay Cross, Derbyshire, and is the
longest continuously-serving Labour Party MP, as MP for Bolsover since 1970.
He is the third of nine children; his father was a coal miner
and his mother a cleaner. At the age of ten he won a scholarship to attend
Tupton Hall Grammar School after passing the eleven-plus a year early and later
went on to become a miner. In 1964, aged 32 and following 20 years of coal
mining, he became the youngest-ever president of the Derbyshire National Union
Dennis has served as a member of Labour’s National Executive
Committee for thirty years and is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group of
Dennis attended Ruskin College in 1967 after completing a preparatory course run by the National Union of Mineworkers at the University of Sheffield.