My name is Bob Walkinshaw and I am married to Mary and between us we have four sons.

I worked for 25 years in the mining industry as well as 13 years for the former Wansbeck District Council before retirement.  I volunteer within our community being a Foundation Trustee for the Hirst Welfare Centre as well as Chair for the Headway Central Northumberland Brain Injury Association.

I am a member of the Labour Party representing the Bothal Ward on the Town Council.  I have a keen interest in improving the environment in Ashington.

My other interests include art, gardening, fishing, music and following Sunderland Association Football Club.