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The Cabinet
 

Intro
Prime Minister
Prime Minister
Deputy Prime Minister
Deputy Prime Minister
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Home Secretary
Home Secretary
Foreign Secretary
Foreign Secretary
Lord Chancellor
Lord Chancellor
Education Secretary
Education Secretary
Minister without Portfolio
Minister without Portfolio
Leader of the Commons
Leader of the Commons
Chief Whip
Chief Whip
Culture Secretary
Culture Secretary
Transport, Local Government and the Regions Secretary
Transport, Local Government and the Regions Secretary
International Development Secretary
International Development Secretary
Work and Pensions Secretary
Work and Pensions Secretary
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary
Leader of the Lords
Leader of the Lords
Trade Secretary
Trade Secretary
Health Secretary
Health Secretary
Scottish Secretary
Scottish Secretary
Welsh Secretary
Welsh Secretary
Northern Ireland Secretary
Northern Ireland Secretary
Defence Secretary
Defence Secretary
Treasury Chief Secretary
Treasury Chief Secretary
 
TESSA JOWELL
Culture, Media and Sport Secretary

Tessa Jowell joined the Cabinet in 2001 as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, having served as a minister throughout the 1997 Parliament, initially at the Department of Health and later as Minister for Equal Opportunities.

As culture secretary, she has introduced plans to liberalise gambling and also a shake-up in Britain's media ownership laws. She has defended the national lottery, claiming Lotto cash should be spent on "progressive" causes - even if they contradict government policy. This followed a 340,000 lottery grant given to an immigration group on condition it abandoned "doctrinaire" publicity and did not use the funds to oppose terrorist deportations.

As minister for public health, Ms Jowell was embroiled in the Bernie Ecclestone affair, when the government gave Formula One motor racing an exemption from the ban on tobacco advertising after its boss, Mr Ecclestone, gave an anonymous £1m donation to the Labour Party.

The MP for Dulwich and West Norwood was moved after two years at the ministry of health to take over responsibility for implementing the New Deal jobs programme as minister of state for employment.

Ms Jowell, who has written articles on social policy, was given the extra task of heading up the government's women's unit alongside Baroness Jay.

 

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