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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary - Hilary Benn

Hilary Benn was moved, aged 53, from international development to environment secretary in Gordon Brown's new Cabinet, replacing David Miliband.

He had held the international development position since 2003, having enjoyed a rapid rise since being elected to Parliament in a by-election in 1999.

He had earlier been a prisons minister.

Politics is in Mr Benn's blood. He is the son of Tony Benn, the long-serving former Cabinet minister and icon of the Labour Left, while his grandfather and great-grandfathers were MPs too.

He is used to answering questions about the influence on his political life of his famous father and describes himself as 'a Benn, but not a Bennite', a reference to the fact that, unlike his father, he is a committed Labour moderniser.

He stood in the Labour deputy leadership contest in June 2007, but finished fourth out the six contenders.

Hilary Benn


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