National Health Service History
Alan Milburn, MP for Darlington, was appointed as Secretary of State for
Health on 11 October 1999 and was reappointed to this post
in the second Labour administration of 2001. He had
formerly been Chief Secretary to the Treasury since December 1998.
Alan Milburn was born in Birmingham in 1958, grew up in County Durham and
was educated at John Marlay School in Newcastle upon Tyne, at Stokesley
Comprehensive School, at the University of Lancaster where he graduated in
history and at the University of Newcastle. He acted as co-ordinator
of the Trade Union Studies Information Unit in Newcastle upon Tyne and as
Senior Business Development Officer in North Tyneside Council until his
election to Parliament. His partner is Dr Ruth Briel and they have two
children, Joe born 19 July 1991 and Danny born 25 December 1996. He was
elected Member of Parliament for Darlington in April 1992 and was made a
Privy Councillor on 29 October 1998. He is a former Opposition
Spokesman on Treasury and Economic Affairs (1996-97). He was a Member
of the Public Accounts Select Committee from 1994-1995.
His political interests include health, crime and regional issues. His hobbies include cricket, football, travel, music and cinema. Alan Milburn resigned suddenly for family reasons in June 2003 but returned to the Cabinet in September 2004.