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Alan Johnson

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Alan Johnson

British Labour Party politician who served as Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1950.

Countries: United Kingdom (82%), (9%), United States (2%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Home Secretary, Ed Miliband, Gordon Brown

Linked to: Labour Party, Communist Party of Great Britain, Grammar school, National Executive Committee




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Alan Johnson was born in 1950 add something


"'Alan Arthur Johnson"' is a British Labour Party politician who served as Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010 add something


He joined the Labour Party in 1971, although he considered himself a Marxist ideologically aligned with the Communist Party of Great Britain add something


Enfield Southgate (UK Parliament constituency) - Its best-known representative was Michael Portillo, a television documentary and travel presenter who appears on This Week facing Alan Johnson and served the area 1984-1997


A full-time union official from 1987, he became General Secretary of the union in 1992 add something


After his divorce he married Laura Jane Patient in 1991, with whom he has a son born in 2000 add something


He was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Dawn Primarolo in 1997 and achieved his first ministerial post at the Department of Trade and Industry in 1999 add something


Johnson has been the Member of Parliament for Hull West and Hessle since the 1997 general election add something


Just three weeks before the 1997 general election, Johnson was selected to stand for parliament in the safe Labour seat of Hull West and Hessle when the previous incumbent, Stuart Randall, stood down suddenly add something


He was moved to the Department for Education and Skills in 2003 as Minister for Higher Education though he had left school at 15 add something


Johnson entered the Cabinet in September 2004 as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions after the resignation of Andrew Smith add something


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" add something


Johnson publicly stated in May 2006 he expected to stand for the post of Deputy Leader of the Labour Party when John Prescott stepped down add something


On 5 May 2006, one day after the 2006 local elections, his brief was changed to that of Secretary of State for Education and Skills, replacing Ruth Kelly add something


Johnson told the BBC in an interview on 9 November 2006 that he would in fact be supporting Brown and standing as deputy leader add something


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


Soft drink - On 19 May 2006, the British Education Secretary, Alan Johnson, announced new minimum nutrition standards for school food


On 24 June 2007, Johnson was narrowly beaten for the deputy leadership by Harriet Harman add something


Johnson became Secretary of State for Health on 28 June 2007, succeeding Patricia Hewitt in Prime Minister Gordon Brown's first Cabinet add something


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


John Bercow - In 2008, John Bercow was asked by Labour Cabinet members Ed Balls and Alan Johnson to produce a substantial review of children and families affected by speech, language and communication needs


Michael Marmot - On 6 November 2008, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that the Secretary of State for Health Alan Johnson had asked Sir Michael Marmot to chair a Review of Health Inequalities in England to inform policy making to address health inequalities from 2010


On 5 June 2009, he was appointed to the position of Home Secretary during a reshuffle, replacing the first female holder of the post, Jacqui Smith add something


In October 2009 Alan Johnson sacked the Chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs , Professor David Nutt add something


Gordon Brown - After Professor David Nutt, the chair of the ACMD, criticised this move in a lecture in 2009, he was asked to step down by Home Secretary Alan Johnson


David Omand - In 2009 he was asked by the Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, to carry out a review into the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to "satisfy ministers" that the council is "discharging the functions" that it is supposed to


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 2010, it was rumoured that he would step down as an MP to trigger a by-election in Hull, to stand on a Proportional representation ticket add something


In January 2010, Professor Nutt established the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, with the aim of publishing honest drug information add something


In February 2010, it came out in court that MI5 had known that Binyam Mohamed, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, had been tortured or mistreated by the American services, despite earlier statements to the contrary add something


By 2 April 2010, seven members of the ACMD had resigned add something


Having been touted in the media as a possible successor to outgoing Labour leader Gordon Brown, Johnson officially announced to the BBC on 12 May 2010 that he would not be standing in the forthcoming leadership contest, and would instead be backing David Miliband add something


Johnson was chosen as Shadow Chancellor in Ed Miliband's first shadow cabinet, appointed on 8 October 2010 add something


Mephedrone - On 30 March 2010, Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, announced mephedrone would be made illegal "within weeks" after the ACMD sent him a report on the use of cathinones


Ed Balls - New Labour Leader Ed Miliband appointed Balls Shadow Home Secretary on 8 October 2010, a job he held until 20 January 2011, when the resignation of Alan Johnson due to "personal reasons" led Miliband to announce Balls as Labour's Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer


In 2011, there was speculation that Livingstone could be deselected as the Labour candidate in favour of Johnson but that did not happen add something


He resigned as Shadow Chancellor on 20 January 2011 after three and a half months in the job, citing personal reasons add something


Until 20 January 2011 he was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer add something


He appeared as one of the main Labour supporters of the Yes campaign at a London event on 3 May 2011, at which Ed Miliband appeared add something


Ed Miliband - Alan Johnson would later resign from his position, stepping down for "personal reasons" on 20 January 2011, necessitating Miliband's first reshuffle, in which he made Balls Shadow Chancellor, Cooper Shadow Home Secretary and Douglas Alexander Shadow Foreign Secretary


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


In 2012, after Livingstone's defeat by Boris Johnson, many Labour members said that Johnson should have been the Labour candidate add something


His memoir of childhood, "This Boy: A Memoir of a Childhood", was published in 2013 add something


Linda, herself only 16, has since been recognised as the hero of Johnson's poignant 2013 memoir "This Boy: A Memoir of a Childhood" add something


He divorced Laura in 2014, three years after her affair with a police bodyguard add something


His second volume of memoirs, "Please Mr Postman", is due for publication in September 2014 add something


In November 2014, amid criticism within the party of its leader Ed Miliband, Johnson again denied speculation that he was a potential leadership candidate add something


However, he said that he would not stand for Mayor of London in the 2016 elections as he wants to stay on as an MP. add something


Ken Livingstone - In March 2016, Livingstone described a donation to Labour MP Dan Jarvis from a hedge fund as like "Jimmy Savile funding a children's group", prompting Alan Johnson to describe the comment as "outrageously stupid"


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


On 18 April 2017, following the announcement of a likely general election on 8 June, Johnson said he would not be a candidate add something