Former MP and Chair of the Health Select Committee
[David Hinchliffe's presentation was preceded by a brief invited talk from the floor by John Hennessy, a child migrant sent to Australia in 1946 at the age of 10, told he was an orphan, misinformed about his birth, abused, and finally reunited with the mother over 50 years later, six years before her death. He gave testimony to the Select Committee on Health, Chaired by David Hinchliffe, in 1998, before he had re-discovered his mother. His detailed testimony to the Select Committee can be found here]
David Hinchliffe worked in local authority social work and as a lecturer in social policy before being elected as Labour MP for his home city of Wakefield in 1987. He served on the Health Select Committee in his first Parliament before being appointed to Labour's front bench as a Shadow Minister with responsibility for Social Care. After Labour was elected in 1997 he became Chair of the Health Select Committee and remained in this role until he retired from the Commons in 2005. Since leaving the Commons he has served on the Board of an NHS Trust and contributes on a regular basis to NHS staff development courses. He is an honorary member of the National Council of the NSPCC.