Jack Straw

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The Right Honourable
Jack Straw

MP
Shadow Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
11 May 2010 – 7 October 2010
Leader Harriet Harman
Preceded by William Hague (Senior Member of the Shadow Cabinet)
Succeeded by Harriet Harman
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Shadow Lord Chancellor
In office
11 May 2010 – 7 October 2010
Leader Harriet Harman
Ed Miliband
Preceded by Dominic Grieve
Succeeded by Sadiq Khan
Secretary of State for Justice
Lord Chancellor
In office
28 June 2007 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by The Lord Falconer of Thoroton
Succeeded by Kenneth Clarke
Leader of the House of Commons
Lord Privy Seal
In office
5 May 2006 – 27 June 2007
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Geoff Hoon
Succeeded by Harriet Harman
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
8 June 2001 – 5 May 2006
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Robin Cook
Succeeded by Margaret Beckett
Home Secretary
In office
2 May 1997 – 8 June 2001
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Michael Howard
Succeeded by David Blunkett
Shadow Home Secretary
In office
20 October 1994 – 2 May 1997
Leader Tony Blair
Preceded by Tony Blair
Succeeded by Michael Howard
Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment
In office
24 July 1992 – 20 October 1994
Leader John Smith
Preceded by Bryan Gould
Succeeded by Frank Dobson
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Science
In office
13 July 1987 – 18 July 1992
Leader Neil Kinnock
Preceded by Giles Radice
Succeeded by Ann Taylor (Education)
Member of Parliament
for Blackburn
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 May 1979
Preceded by Barbara Castle
Majority 9,856 (21.7%)
Personal details
Born John Whitaker Straw
3 August 1946 (1946-08-03) (age 67)
Buckhurst Hill, Essex, United Kingdom
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Anthea Weston (1968–1977)
Alice Perkins (1978–present)
Children Daughter (deceased), son, daughter
Alma mater University of Leeds
Inns of Court
Religion Anglicanism

John Whitaker 'Jack' Straw (born 3 August 1946 in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, England) is a British politician. He held several cabinet posts in the Labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.[1] He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Blackburn.

Jack Straw became a Labour Party MP at the 1979 General Election for the constituency of Blackburn. He was promoted to the shadow cabinet in 1987 and became the Home Secretary when Labour returned to power in 1997.[2] His other cabinet posts included: Foreign Secretary (2001-2006), Leader of the House of Commons (2006-2007) and Justice Secretary (2007-2010). He did not choose to become a member of Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet.

Personal life[change | change source]

Straw's first marriage, in 1968, to teacher Anthea Weston ended in divorce in 1977. They had a daughter, Rachel, born on 24 February 1976.[3] She died after five days because of a heart defect.

On 10 November 1978 he married Alice Perkins, a senior civil servant.[4] They have two adult children, William and Charlotte.[5]

He supports his local football club Blackburn Rovers.[6] He was made an Honorary Vice President of Blackburn Rovers in 1998 by Jack Walker.[7]

Straw has tinnitus.[8]

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