|Frank Dobson in short||Council level||National politics|
"As the Shadow Minister for London and Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment in the mid-90s I formulated many of the policies the Government is now implementing in London.
For example, I drew up the proposals for establishing the new Greater London Authority and the position of Mayor.
So I know the issues.
But my work for London whilst on the opposition front-bench wasn't just about drawing up policies. It was about working with the Labour Party throughout London to deliver the best set of local election and General Election results the London Labour Party had seen for years.
As the Shadow Minister for London, delivering good election results was part of my job. And it was a part I completed very successfully.
It started with the 1994 local elections in London, remembered by hundreds of councillors across London for our sweeping gains.
It concluded with the 1997 General Election, remembered by everyone for those champagne moments.
But there's one special election result I savour to this day above all others. Not beating David Mellor. Not even beating Michael Portillo - special as that was.
It was beating the racists of the BNP on the Isle of Dogs.
In 1994, after the BNP won a council seat in Millwall, John Smith gave me the task of ensuring we rapidly snuffed out the threat of elected racism. I was not the only one who took it seriously. With the support of many members of the Labour Party and a well-conducted campaign we won back the seat and halted the BNP's electoral ambitions.
And I have never been more proud to be Labour than I was that night."