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Secretary of State for Justice - Jack Straw

Regarded in Westminster as a competent and reliable minister and one of the better Commons performers in the Cabinet, Jack Straw became the justice secretary in June 2007.

It was a step back up for Mr Straw, who ran Gordon Brown's Labour leadership campaign.

He had been demoted from foreign secretary to Leader of the Commons in Tony Blair's post-local elections reshuffle a year earlier.

He had become Foreign Secretary in 2001, but was somewhat overshadowed in the immediate aftermath of the 11 September suicide attacks on the US by Tony Blair's "shuttle diplomacy".

He was seen to have grown into the job during the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

Mr Straw spent Labour's first term as a tough-talking home secretary, dealing with the Pinochet affair and his party's determination to be "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime".

Jack Straw

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