Peter Kilfolye has been Labour Member of Parliament for Liverpool Walton since 1991. He played a key role in the expulsion of Militant supporters from the Labour Party during the 1980s and was a key supporter of Tony Blair in his 1994 leadership campaign.
When Labour came to power in 1997 he was initially appointed to an influential role within the Cabinet Office, with a licence to speak out in the media on the Government's behalf, and was later appointed a junior minister in the Ministry of Defence. But in 2000 he suddenly resigned, claiming the Blair Government was failing to pay enough attention to Labour's heartlands. Since then he has remained a vocal backbench critic of the Government.