Hendrick was born in 1958 in Salford, Lancashire. he is of Anglo-Somali descent. His father worked in the timber industry.
Hendrick studied at the Salford Grammar School. He later attended Liverpool Polytechnic (now Liverpool John Moores University), where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Manchester. Additionally, Hendrick is a Chartered Engineer and holds a Certificate in Education (a teaching qualification) from the same institution.
Hendrick trained as a student engineer with the Ministry of Defence in 1979 at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, Malvern, Worcestershire. He later studied German at a Volkshochschule Hanau in Germany in 1981, where he trained as a student engineer with AEG Telefunken. In 1982, he was appointed as a Higher Professional and Technology engineer with the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), Daresbury Laboratory, and stayed with the SERC for six years.
In 1990, Hendrick joined Stockport College of Further and Higher Education, where he worked for four years as a lecturer in Digital Electronics and Software Design.
From 1984 to 1994, Hendrick was the secretary of the Salford Co-operative Party. He was elected a councillor to the City of Salford Council in 1987, and served in this capacity for eight years. He was also the Chairman of the Eccles Constituency Labour Party from 1990 to 1994. During the 1994 European Parliament Election, Hendrick was elected for the Central Lancashire seat. He served for five years until losing an election bid at the 1999 European Parliament Election, which was run on a regional PR list system.
Hendrick was elected to the House of Commons at the Preston by-election, 2000 after the sitting Labour MP Audrey Wise had died. He retained the seat with a majority of 4,426, and made his maiden speech on 11 December 2000. Hendrick was re-elected at the 2001 general election, the 2005 general election, the 2010 general election and the 2015 general election.
In Parliament, Hendrick was a member of the European Scrutiny Select Committee for three years from 2001. He served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2003–2006); Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett (2006–2007); Lord High Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw (2007–2008); Ivan Lewis, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (2009–2010). Hendrick also served on the International Development Committee from 2009 to 2010.
In 2002, Hendrick successfully campaigned for and achieved free access for the public to the National Football Museum in Preston. He campaigned for City Status for Preston, which was successful and awarded to Preston in the Queen's Golden Jubilee Awards in 2002.
In 2003 Hendrick voted for the invasion of Iraq, and in hindsight ten years later believed that had been the correct decision.
From November 2010 to the summer of 2012, Hendrick was appointed to the front bench by Labour Leader Ed Miliband as an Opposition Assistant Whip. Returning to the backbenches, he was later appointed to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee in June 2012.
Hendrick was Chairman of the All-party parliamentary group (APPG) for China from 2010 to 2012, and is currently a vice-chair. Additionally, he is a vice-chair for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Somaliland and Somalia, which promotes understanding of the democracy building process in various parts of Somalia, including its northwestern Somaliland region. Hendrick is likewise the Treasurer for the All-Party Parliamentary British-German Group. He is also a member of the UK delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCEPA).
Hendrick's political interests include Foreign Affairs, International Development, Defence, and European, Economic, Monetary and Industrial Affairs.Changing States 1995
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