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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
 
PATRICIA HEWITT
Trade and Industry Secretary

Patricia Hewitt joined the cabinet from the DTI where she was responsible for e-commerce and small businesses.

She has also worked at the Treasury where she gained a reputation as an efficient minister.

As a member of the 1997 Labour intake, she has had a rapid promotion, but she entered Parliament with a history in high-level Labour politics, having served as Neil Kinnock’s press secretary.

She co-wrote Mr Kinnock’s famous conference speech attacking Militant. She is also thought to have helped set up Labour’s feared database, Excalibur, the computer that spearheaded the party’s “rapid rebuttal” of Tory attacks in 1997.

Ms Hewitt chose her young children over a parliamentary career in 1992, delaying her entry to the Commons.

 

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