is the MP for Pontypridd and is a minister in the Department of Transport.
He's a former Commie (which used to have a large following in various unions and should not be confused with the likes of the SWP), and a former senior official in the NUM (National Union of Mineworkers) and was an enemy of Arthur Scargill.
He's on the pragmatic left of the Labour Party, has been a very competent minister (in the DfEE, DTI, DCMS and now Transport), is a cultural populist (see below), and likes to speak his mind...
"My idea of hell is listening to three Somerset folk singers"
"A bit bonkers" [describing the Royal family]
And most famously: