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Chief Secretary to the Treasury - Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper - one half of the Cabinet's first married couple with children schools secretary Ed Balls - became Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the January 2008 mini-reshuffle prompted by Peter Hain's resignation.

A Scottish-born former Independent journalist, she became MP for Pontefract and Castleford in 1997 after stints as an economic researcher for Labour leader John Smith and adviser to US President Bill Clinton.

She has three young children and splits her time between the family homes in North London and West Yorkshire.

She had a rough ride in her former role as housing minister, where she had the job of launching the controversial Home Information Packs (HIPs) scheme.

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