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Lord Adonis replaces Geoff Hoon as transport secretary

Lord Adonis has been promoted to transport secretary in Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Cabinet reshuffle following the resignation of Geoff Hoon in the wake of the MPs expenses scandal.

Adonis’ has been promoted to the role of transport secretary after tenures as minister of state for transport and parliamentary under secretary of state (PUSS) for schools and learners at the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Prior to this he worked as adviser to the previous Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on education and public services and as Head of the No 10 Policy Unit, joining in 1998 after a career as an academic and journalist.

Between 1988 and 1998 he was successively Fellow (in history and politics) of Nuffield College, Oxford; education correspondent and then Public Policy Editor at the Financial Times; and political columnist and leader writer at the Observer.

Andrew Adonis is author or co-author of six books – including studies of the English class system; the rise and fall of the poll tax; and the Victorian House of Lords - and had a collection of essays on Roy Jenkins published last year. He was educated at Kingham Hill school and at Keble and Nuffield Colleges, Oxford. He is married with a son and daughter.

Responsibilities

  • Overview of all policies
  • Strategy
  • Corporate planning
  • Europe (including Galileo)
  • National networks (strategic road network and rail)
  • Environment and climate change
  • Cleaner fuels and vehicles
  • Crossrail

Adonis’ promotion was announced as part of a cabinet reshuffle that Prime Minster Gordon Brown described as “a determined and strong Cabinet that will fight hard for British people in these difficult times”.

Brown said he had reshaped the government around three clear priorities: cleaning up politics, getting through the downturn and giving people greater control over their public services.

“We need a clean up of our politics in this country. Politicians must serve the public, and not themselves. We will act quickly to bring in an independent regulator to scrutinise the behaviour of our MPs. We will introduce a tough, legally binding code of conduct for MPs. In addition every single expense claim made by MPs of all parties over the last four years will be scrutinised by an independent audit panel. But we must go further and look at issues about how we elect our MPs and how we open up all public bodies to the closest public scrutiny.

“We will continue to intervene decisively on the economy. When people are suffering you cannot have a “do nothing” approach to the recession. You cannot cut your way out of recession, you can only grow your way out. And in the coming weeks we will outline our plan to build Britain’s future. A plan for building new sources of growth, new jobs, new homes and new infrastructure.

“Finally, we can only build Britain’s future if we have not only a strong economy but good public services that can meet the challenges of the future. So the third leg of our strategy for building Britain’s future is the next stage of reform in public services, a reform driven by one central principle that everyone and not a privileged few have a fair chance to succeed. And this will depend crucially on putting much greater power in the hands of patients and parents.”

New Cabinet in full

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service

The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP

Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal; Minister for Women and Equality (and deputising for the Prime Minister at PMQs)

The Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP

First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Lord President of the Council

The Rt Hon Lord Mandelson

Chancellor of the Exchequer

The Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Rt Hon David Miliband MP

Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor

The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP

Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP

Secretary of State for International Development

The Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Rt Hon John Denham MP

Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

The Rt Hon Ed Balls MP

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

The Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP

Secretary of State for Health

The Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Rt Hon Shaun Woodward MP * and #

Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The Rt Hon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon

Minister for the Cabinet Office, and for the Olympics and Paymaster General

The Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP

Secretary of State for Scotland

The Rt Hon Jim Murphy MP

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP

Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP

Secretary of State for Wales

The Rt Hon Peter Hain MP

Secretary of State for Defence

The Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP

Secretary of State for Transport

Lord Adonis

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Ben Bradshaw MP

Other Cabinet attendees

Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury)

The Rt Hon Nick Brown MP

Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Rt Hon Lord Malloch-Brown

Minister of State (Housing), Department for Communities and Local Government

The Rt Hon John Healey MP

Minister of State (Business), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Rt Hon Pat McFadden MP

Minister of State (Science and Innovation), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Rt Hon Lord Drayson*

Attend Cabinet when their Ministerial responsibilities are on the agenda

Attorney General

The Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC

Minister of State (Children), Department for Children, Schools and Families

The Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP

Minister of State (Employment), Department for Work and Pensions

The Rt Hon Jim Knight MP

Minister of State (Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination) Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP

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