Sir Hugh was the MP for York for 23 years, and Minister for Social Security. He was a member of the Commons’ International Development Committee for 14 years. He chaired the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank, the Africa All-Party Parliamentary Group, and was knighted in 2015 for services to NATO and international development.
Before being elected to Parliament he created and led the International Broadcasting Trust, a charity making television programmes and publishing distance learning guides about development issues.
Sir Hugh is a Trustee of the International Rescue Committee UK, and Drill 2 Drink, a charity created to provide clean water in rural Tanzania. He is a lay member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.