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Barry Sheerman
Barry Sheerman is the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Huddersfield, having first been elected in 1979.  

He was formerly Chairman of the Education and Skills Select Committee from 2001 - 2007, and then the Children, Schools and Families Committee from 2007 - 2010.

Barry currently Co-Chairs the Skills Commission which is conducting an enquiry into the quality of vocational education in the UK. He is also leading on the Tristram Hunt review of ‘Schools to Work’, a commission looking at equipping young people to leave education with relevant work force qualifications.

Having started his professional life as a University Lecturer, he is currently a visiting Professor at the Institute of Education, London University, and is also a visiting Professor in Social Enterprise at Huddersfield University.

Barry is an energetic social and political entrepreneur having initiated over 30 different social enterprises over the past 20 years.  Currently he is Chairman of independent think-tank Policy Connect and involved closely with the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety, Urban Mines (an environmental charity), The John Clare Trust and The Dominic Rodgers Trust.

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