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Last Updated: Monday, 9 May 2005, 21:04 GMT 22:04 UK
Profile: Beverley Hughes
Beverley Hughes
Ms Hughes was one of the 1997 'Blair Babes'
Beverley Hughes is back in government with a job as childrens' minister in what will be seen as something of a political rebirth.

When she quit as immigration minister last year, her fall was compared to a meteor crashing to the ground, following as it did her rapid promotion at Westminster.

She resigned after admitting she had "unwittingly" misled people over her knowledge of lax visa checks on Romanian and Bulgarian applicants.

Many prematurely speculated her political career had been left in ruins.

Elected to Parliament as MP for Stretford and Urmston in 1997 as one of the "Blair Babes", she had been in the Commons barely a year before taking her first step on the ministerial ladder - when she was made a parliamentary private secretary at the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) in 1998.

Reshuffle

A year later she was promoted in the DETR to junior minister and then became a Home Office minister in 2001.

Ms Hughes was the target of much criticism in July 2001 when she toured the media denouncing the edition of the Channel 4 television show Brass Eye dealing with paedophilia.

Ms Hughes declared that it was "unspeakably sick", but had not seen it - and refused to watch it.

Her rise to immigration minister came in the reshuffle prompted by the resignation of Stephen Byers in 2002.

Ms Hughes, 54, was educated at Ellesmere Port Girls' Grammar School, Manchester University and Liverpool University.

She was a probation officer on Merseyside before returning to Manchester University as a research associate and then as a lecturer.



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