He enjoyed great success as the drummer for Blur, but Dave Rowntree's non-Britpop efforts have been less illustrious. A member of the Labour Party since 2002, Rowntree has run for various levels of government three times. In 2007, he made an unsuccessful attempt for the seat of Marylebone High Street on Westminster City Council. The next year, he tried for the Church Street seat and lost. The Cities of London and Westminster Constituency Labour Party selected Rowntree to run against Conservative MP Mark Field at the 2010 general election. Once again, he was defeated.