Knowledge Identifier: +Alan_Johnson
Born in 1950.
Countries: United Kingdom (82%), (9%), United States (2%)
Linked to: Labour Party, Communist Party of Great Britain, Grammar school, National Executive Committee
He was moved to the Department for Education and Skills in 2003 as Minister for Higher Education though he had left school at 15
Following the 2005 election Johnson was initially announced on 6 May 2005 as being "Secretary of State for Productivity, Energy and Industry", but after just a week, on 13 May, it was declared that the new title would not be used, after widespread derision of the new name, because the abbreviation for Johnson's title, Productivity, Energy and Industry Secretary, would have been "PENIS"
Vincent Nichols - In 2006, Nichols denounced then-Secretary for Education Alan Johnson's plan to introduce a quota for non-Catholic pupils at Catholic schools as "insulting", "divisive", and "ill thought-out, unworkable and contradictory of empirical evidence"
The Sun (United Kingdom) - "Giant Leaps", a science version along similar lines and jointly produced with the Science Museum in 2006, was endorsed by the Prime Minister Tony Blair, who read passages from it during a speech at Oxford University, and by Education Secretary Alan Johnson, who hailed it as a breakthrough for science teachers
On 24 June 2007, Johnson was narrowly beaten for the deputy leadership by Harriet Harman
Hilary Benn - The contest was formally launched on 14 May 2007 after the resignation of incumbent Deputy leader John Prescott, Benn had some initial difficulties securing the necessary 45 nominations required to get on the ballot paper but he acquired the support needed to join five other candidates - Hazel Blears, Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson, Peter_Hain and backbencher Jon Cruddas
Chris Huhne - Huhne was an avid supporter of Professor David Nutt after he was dismissed by Home Secretary Alan Johnson as chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs in November 2009
In 2011, there was speculation that Livingstone could be deselected as the Labour candidate in favour of Johnson but that did not happen
Yvette Cooper - When Alan Johnson resigned as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer on 20 January 2011, Cooper became Shadow Home Secretary in the subsequent reshuffle of the Shadow Cabinet
Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union - A debate was held by The Guardian, on 15 March 2016 featuring the leader of UKIP Nigel Farage, Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom, the leader of Labour's "yes" campaign Alan Johnson and former leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg