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Education: Innovation, Universities and Skills - John Denham

John Denham took over, at the age of 53, the department covering innovation, universities and skills when the Department for Education and Skills was restructured in June 2007.

An MP for the last 15 years, he had most recently built himself a reputation as the influential chairman of the home affairs select committee in Parliament.

He had previously served as a Home Office minister, but was one of the three ministers to resign rather than back the government policy to go to war in Iraq.

Before entering Parliament in 1992 he had been a transport campaigner for Friends of the Earth, as well as campaigning with War on Want and being a councillor.

John Denham


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