Anti-poverty campaigner Frank Field is the Labour Party's parliamentary candidate for Birkenhead.
Mr Field is the former director of the Child Poverty Action Group and worked throughout the 1970s and '80s to encourage councils to offer better protection to workers' rights. As director of the Low Pay Unit, he campaigned alongside Rodney Bickerstaff, the ex-general secretary of UNISON (then known as the National Union of Public Employees) for a national minimum wage, which was finally achieved in 1998.
He is no stranger to representing the constituency in parliament and was first elected as Birkenhead's MP in 1979. He has also worked as Shadow Education and Social Security spokesman under Michael Foot's leadership and was chairman of the Social Security Select Committee until 1997. In 1997 he became Minister for Welfare Reform in Tony Blair's first cabinet and was a member of the Public Accounts Committee between 2002 and 2005.
As a former chairman of the Church Conservation Trust, Mr Field has worked to encourage places of worship to open up their buildings to alternative usages. He has also been chairman of the planning authority for English cathedrals and is currently involved in celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Bible.