The Cabinet Gordon Brown
Article added on June 28, 2007
Gordon Brown (*1951) has not lost time. Today, on June 28, 2007
on his first day as Prime Minister, he presented his cabinet. In a major
cabinet reshuffle, he named David Miliband (*1965) as his Foreign Secretary (Minister of Foreign Affairs). Miliband was critical of Blair's disastrous war in Iraq as well as of Blair's support
for Israel during its 2006 invasion of Lebanon. Miliband was Minister of the
Environment in Blair's last cabinet.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown appointed his long time ally Alistair Darling
(*1953) as Chancellor of
the Exchequer, the British cabinet minister responsible for economics and
finance. Brown himself successfully hold this cabinet post for ten years.
His first measure was to give independence to the Bank of England, a
decision that reassured the markets and economic leaders about the future
financial and economic policies of the Cabinet Blair. Blair and Brown
contributed to an economic success with a low unemployment rate, a lot of
new jobs created, inflation under control and substantial economic growth.
Darling has too continue the Brown legacy.
Further appointments by Gordon Brown to his cabinet include Alan Johnson
Health Secretary, Ed Balls (*1967) as Secretary of the newly created Ministry for Children,
Schools and Families, Douglas Alexander (*1967) as
Minister of State for International Development, Peter Hain (*1950), Blair's former Secretary
responsible for Northern Ireland, as Secretary of Work and Pensions as well
as Secretary of State for Wales. Brown
made Jacqui Smith (*1962), the former chief whip, Britain's first female Home Secretary. John Hutton
(*1955) switched from the
office of Secretary of Work and Pensions to the new Ministry of Business,
Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (created out of the former Ministry of Trade and Industry).
Gordon Brown appointed Jack Straw (*1946) as the new Justice Secretary and
Lord Chancellor or speaker of the House of Lords. Hilary
Benn (*1953) will serve as Environment Secretary in the new government. James Purnell
(*1970) will take over as Secretary
for Culture, Media and Sport. Hazel Blears (*1956) is the new Secretary for Communities and Local
Government. Des Browne will remain Defence Secretary.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and chief whip is Geoff Hoon (*1953).
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is
Ed Miliband (*1969), the brother of David Miliband. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is now Shaun Woodward
Gordon Brown appointed Andrew Burnham (*1970) Chief Secretary to the Treasury. John
Denham (*1953) is the Secretary of State for Innovation, University and Skills. Ruth
Kelly (*1968) was appointed Secretary of State for Transport.
Gordon Brown will have to compensate his lack of charisma not by spin
doctors - on which Tony Blair too heavily relied on - but on sound economic,
foreign and other policies.
Blair and Brown have successfully revitalized and modernized first the
Labour Party (New Labour) and then Britain (New Britain). Still, a lot of
unfinished business is left. Not only the mess in Iraq and the Middle East
in general, but on the domestic front too. The National Health Service (NHS)
will never be able to deliver as long as it relies on socialist recipes.
Since the NHS was a creation of the Labour Party, it is unlikely that Brown
will attack this institution of pride for his party. If everything remains
the same, the new Health Secretary Alan Johnson will have a mission
Also attending the cabinet are Tessa Jowell (*1947) as Minister for the Olympics and
London, Beverly Hughes as Minister for Children and Youth Justice, Lord
Grocott (*1940) as Chief Whip and Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms, Lady
Scotland of Asthal (*1955) as Attorney General, Yvette Cooper (*1969) as Minister of
Housing, Mark Malloch-Brown (*1953) as Minister for Africa, Asia and the Un, Ian
Austin (*1965) and Angela E. Smith (*1959) as Parliamentary private secretaries to Prime
Minister Gordon Brown.