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Donald Anderson

Donald Anderson is one of the longest-serving MPs in the UK Parliament, having first been elected in 1966, although he lost his seat for four years from 1970.

He was unfortunate in that his time as a frontbencher coincided neatly with Labour's wilderness years, depriving him of ministerial office.

Nonetheless, he has achieved a high profile as chairman of the Commons foreign affairs select committee and survived a government attempt to oust him after the 2001 general election[?].

He speaks with authority on international matters and was one of the Commons' leading opponents of the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Mr Anderson has been a consistent supporter of the European Union, since before Britain's entry into the European Economic Community.

Mr Anderson is socially conservative on matters like abortion, homosexuality and alcohol and was a supporter of the "Keep Sunday Special[?]" campaign against Sunday trading[?].

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