Dr. Brian Iddon, BSc, PhD, DSc (Hull), FRSC, CChem pursued an academic career as a synthetic organic chemist, including at the Universities of Durham and Salford. His PhD at Hull was on the subject of serotonin agonists and antagonists and he subsequently maintained an interest in the chemistry of the brain. From 1977 to 1998 Iddon served as a Councillor on Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council and in 1998 was made an Honorary Alderman for his services to the town. In 1997 he was elected as Labour MP for the Bolton South East Parliamentary seat, being re-elected in 2001 and again in 2005. Whilst serving as an MP he was a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Chemical Industry. He had many and wide-ranging interests whilst in Parliament but took a particular interest in matters relating to government policy on illicit drugs, euthanasia, and legislation surrounding medicinal products. He was the Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Drugs Misuse Group and also acted as a Patron for the Care Not Killing Alliance Ltd, an organisation that campaigns against assisted suicide and euthanasia and which promotes better palliative care. Brian Iddon retired from Parliament in April 2010.