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Business Secretary - John Hutton

John Hutton became business, enterprise and regulatory reform secretary in Gordon Brown's Cabinet, in June 2007 at the age of 52.

He will oversee the Department of Business and Enterprise - a replacement for the Department of Trade and Industry.

He is the most ultra-Blairite minister in the Brown Cabinet, and was reported to have had a number of disputes with Gordon Brown during the two years he was work and pensions secretary.

The former law lecturer had joined the Cabinet mid-2005, as chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 13 years after becoming an MP in 1992.

When Labour came to power in 1997, he became a parliamentary private secretary to Margaret Beckett before joining the government as a junior health minister in 1998 and remaining with that department until 2005.

John Hutton

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