Roger Godsiff
Official parliamentary portrait, June 2017
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham, Hall Green
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Steve McCabe
Majority 33,944 (62.5%)
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath
In office
1 May 1997 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by Constituency Established
Succeeded by Constituency Abolished
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Small Heath
In office
9 April 1992 – 1 May 1997
Preceded by Denis Howell
Succeeded by Constituency Abolished
Personal details
Born (1946-06-28) 28 June 1946 (age 77)

Roger Duncan Godsiff (born 28 June 1946) has served as Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Hall Green since 2010 general election, prior to which he was Member of Parliament for Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath from 1992–2010.

Political career

Elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Lewisham in 1971, he became the Mayor of Lewisham in 1977, before quitting the council at the 1990 London Borough elections. He unsuccessfully contested Birmingham Yardley at the 1983 general election where he finished in second place behind the sitting Conservative MP David Gilroy Bevan. He was elected to the House of Commons for Birmingham Small Heath at the 1992 general election following the retirement of Denis Howell. Godsiff held Small Heath with a majority of 13,989 votes and has remained an MP since. His constituency was abolished in 1997 and aided by the retirement of Birmingham Sparkbrook MP Roy Hattersley, Godsiff was elected for the newly combined constituency of Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath at the 1997 general election.

The Sparkbrook and Small Heath seat was abolished at the 2010 election, with its constituent parts moving into neighbouring seats. Godsiff was selected for the redrawn Birmingham Hall Green seat in 2008, which includes some of his existing constituency and wards which were formerly in the two Birmingham constituencies of Hall Green and Selly Oak. He was re-elected at the May 2010 general election with a majority of 3,799.

In Parliament he was a special adviser to the former Minister of Sport Richard Caborn on cricket and is the chairman of the All Party Japan Group. In October 2006, Godsiff was one of 12 Labour MPs to back Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party's call for an inquiry into the Iraq War. He also rebelled against the government in November 2005 on legislation permitting the detention of terrorist suspects for 90 days without trial.

In the 2017 election he gained 42,143 votes (77.6%), giving him a majority of 33,944 (62.5%), which is the 12th Largest majority of any UK MP by percentage of constituency vote.