A solicitor by training, he worked as a senior partner at the law firm Lewis Silkin LLP, and was a councillor on Lambeth Borough Council from 1962 and the London Borough of Lambeth from 1964.
John was a much loved and respected local MP, taking pride in diligently representing and serving the local community in which he lived and brought up his family. John had extraordinary language skills and was able to greet constituents in almost all of the many languages spoken in the rich and diverse constituency he served. John’s sharp mind and excellent people skills led to him being appointed Under Secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry in 1966, Under Secretary of State for Employment in 1974-1976, and Minister of State at the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection from 1976-1979.
John will be greatly missed by his family and friends, the local Labour Party, the Norwood community and the wider Labour movement.
The funeral will take place on Friday 5th May 2017 at 11am St Simon and St Jude Roman Catholic Church , Hillside SW2 3HL