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Candidate

  Jack Straw
Blackburn
Home Secretary

Elected in 2001? Yes
Personal details
Married 1978, Alice Perkins
1 son, 1 daughter.

Education
Brentwood School
Leeds University (LLB 1967)
Inns of Court School of Law 1972.

Non-political career
President, National Union of Students 1969-71
Called to the Bar, Inner Temple 1972
Special adviser: to Barbara Castle, MP as Secretary of State for Social Services 1974-76
to Peter Shore, MP as Secretary of State for the Environment 1976-77
Member, staff of Granada Television "World in Action" 1977-79
Elected Master of Bench of the Inner Temple 1997.

Electoral history
Contested Tonbridge and Malling February 1974 general election. Member for Blackburn since May 1979.

Political career
Shadow Education Secretary 1987-92
Shadow Environment Secretary 1992-94
Shadow Home Secretary 1994-97
Home Secretary 1997-present. Spokesman: Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on: Treasury and Economic Affairs 1980-83
Environment 1983-87.

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