My name is Lawrence Henderson and I have lived in Ashington all my life and was educated at Wansbeck and Bothal Schools.  I have four children as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren.

I worked in the farming and coal industries and then spent almost 30 years at Ashington and Wansbeck Hospitals.  Although now retired I am still active in in the Unison union.  I am a member of the Bernicia Tenants Panel with the aim of improving the quality of social housing in the town.

I am a member of the Labour Party and I am proud to represent the Central Ward in the town having become a Town Councillor in 2009.  As Mayor (2013-14) I had the pleasure in representing the Town Council and meeting lots of residents at events across the town.  Through attending these events it confirmed my belief that we have lots of community-spirited, enthusiastic and hard-working residents who want to make Ashington a better place to live and work for everyone's benefit.  

In my spare time I enjoy gardening and as well as having an interest in the history of the local area.