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RT HON Alan Johnson MP

June 2007 - June 2009

Alan Johnson

The Rt Hon Alan Johnson was appointed Secretary of State for Health in June 2007, as part of Gordon Brown's first Cabinet. Prior to that he had been Secretary of State for Education and Skills since May 2006. Previously, he was Secretary of State for the Department for Trade and Industry.  Later he moved to be the Home Secretary.

He had always worked at the Department of Work and Pensions and the Department for Education and Skills, where he was Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education.

Previously, he was Minister of State for Employment Relations and Regions and, before that, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Competitiveness, both at the Department of Trade and Industry.

Alan Johnson was born in 1950 and was educated at Sloane Grammar School, Chelsea. He became a postman in 1968, and joined the Union of Communication Workers at the same time.

He held a number of posts representing employees since 1976 and was elected to the National Executive Council in 1981. He became General Secretary in 1992 and Joint General Secretary of the CWU from 1995 to1997.

He was a Member of the General Council TUC from 1994 to 1995 and a member of the Labour Party NEC from 1995 to 1997.

Mr Johnson was a member of the Trade and Industry Select Committee until he was made Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury in December 1997.







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