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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
 
IAN MCCARTNEY
Minister without portfolio

Well liked by Labour MPs, the party's grassroots and union leaders, Ian McCartney's promotion to the cabinet is seen by some as long overdue.

MP for Makerfield since June 1987, Mr McCartney has been a frontbencher since 1992 and immediately joined the government at the trade department after the party's 1997 election triumph.

His close links with the unions helped him to bring Labour's flagship employment settlement successfully through the Commons. He was also able to put the minimum wage, for which he had long campaigned, on the statute book.

He moved to the Cabinet Office in 1999, taking on the government's campaign again drugs, an issue close to his heart after the death of his son following a heroin overdose.

He was appointed pensions minister after the last election. Mr McCartney is an extremely active MP famed for his withering attacks on the Tories in the Commons.

 

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