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Career in pictures: Peter Hain

Peter Hain talks to reporters outside Caxton House after he tendered his resignation from the Cabinet

Peter Hain has resigned from the cabinet after donations made to his Labour deputy leadership campaign were referred to the police.

Peter Hain, the leader of the Young Liberals, 1970

Born in Kenya and brought up in South Africa, Mr Hain was educated at Pretoria Boys High School, the University of London and Sussex University.

At the Oval cricket ground, south London

He was a leading anti-apartheid campaigner, making the headlines with his disruption of the all-white South African rugby and cricket teams' tour of the UK.

Hain during a demonstration outside the South African embassy

He became a well-known figure as a result of high-profile demonstrations.

Peter Hain heads a demo in a street outside Israeli airline El Al's office, London

He joined the Young Liberals, becoming chairman in 1971 and remaining a prominent activist throughout the 1970s.

Peter Hain (right), with his book Mistaken Identity

In 1976, Peter Hain was acquitted of robbery at an Old Bailey trial. He went on to write books about the case.

Celebrating a yes vote in the Welsh referendum on devolution

In 1997 his first job in government was as junior Welsh Office minister, here celebrating a Yes vote in the Welsh referendum on devolution.

Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain signs the order paving the way for a new era of power-sharing in Northern Ireland

Mr Hain played a key role, as Northern Ireland secretary, in negotiations to restore the power-sharing executive.

Foreign Office Minister Peter Hain during a meeting with South African High Commissioner Cheryl Carolus outside South Africa House in London

Mr Hain was then moved to the Foreign Office, where he stayed until 2002.

Peter Hain visiting the site of the proposed Severn Barrage

Mr Hain became Welsh secretary in October 2002, and took up his work and pensions role in Gordon Brown's first reshuffle.

Peter Hain's shadow is seen on a video screen as he launches his campaign for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, May 2007

In 2007, Mr Hain came fifth out of six contenders to succeed John Prescott and become Gordon Brown's number two. The funding of that campaign would come back to haunt him.

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