First elected to Parliament in 1987, Griffiths ousted Tory grandee Michael Ancram to win his seat. A former junior minister at the Department for Trade and Industry, he was deputy leader of the house until resigning in 2007.
Born in Glasgow, Griffiths attended Hawick High School and studied at the University of Edinburgh. While at university he worked for Gordon Brown as a researcher. After graduating he was a welfare rights worker with a pressure group working on behalf of people with learning disabilities.
Where does he sit politically?
Once seen as close to Brown, who was best man at his wedding. However, Griffiths resigned from the Government in protest at the decision to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system.
Is he one to watch?
Only in the sense that John Lyon, the parliamentary standards commissioner, is to rule on whether he breached the MPs’ code of conduct by engaging in a sexual assignation within the Palace of Westminster. Otherwise, Griffiths is sitting on a wafer-thin majority of just 405 and faces the prospect of being cut adrift from the party.
Something I may not have known
He is a proficient chess player and in 1989 campaigned for funding for British chess.