Paul Boateng

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Paul Boateng

British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Brent South from 1987 to 2005, becoming the UK's first black Cabinet Minister in May 2002, when he was appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury add

Category: Politics

Born in 1951.

Countries: United Kingdom (67%), South Africa (13%), (13%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: House of Lords, Sense and Sensibility, Laurence Pavitt

Linked to: University of Bristol, House of Lords, Labour Party, Apsley Grammar School

 

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Paul Boateng was born in 1951 add something

 

"'Paul Yaw Boateng, Baron Boateng"' is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Brent South from 1987 to 2005, becoming the UK's first black Cabinet Minister in May 2002, when he was appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury add something


1966

Boateng's life in Ghana came to an abrupt end with the jailing of his father in 1966 after a coup against Nkrumah add something


1977

He worked primarily on social and community cases, involving women's rights, housing and police complaints, including a period from 1977-1981 as the legal advisor for the Scrap Sus Campaign add something


1980

Like many other members of the left in the 1980s, he became more moderate under the leadership of Neil Kinnock, who made him a junior Treasury spokesman in 1989, making him the first black person to join the front bench as a party spokesperson add something


1981

Boateng was elected to the Greater London Council for Walthamstow in 1981, which was under the leadership of Ken Livingstone add something


1983

He stood, and lost, as a parliamentary candidate for Hertfordshire West in the 1983 general election add something


1987

He won in the general election of 1987, when he became the MP for Brent South in succession to Laurence Pavitt, being one of the first three black MPs add something


1988

In 1988, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference honored Boateng as the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for his contributions to the field of civil rights add something


1992

In 1992, he became shadow minister for the Lord Chancellor's Department, a post he held until the 1997 general election, where he was a strong advocate for increasing pro bono legal services among UK law firms add something


1993

In 1993, he wrote the foreword to the Harper Collins collected works edition of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" add something


1994

During the historic South African General Elections of 1994, he was a member of the delegation sent by the Association of Western European Parliamentarians Against Apartheid to monitor the elections add something


1998

In 1998 Boateng became a Minister of State at the Home Office and subsequently became Number 2 Minister at the home Office add something


1999

He was made a Privy Councilor in 1999 add something


2000

His portfolio was expanded in 2000, and he became the first Minister for Young People, where his priority was to listen to and be a voice for Britain's youth add something


2001

In 2001, he was made Financial Secretary to the Treasury, and was promoted to the position of Chief Secretary to the Treasury in May 2002, making history as Britain's first black cabinet minister add something


2002

In his role as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, he was responsible for finalising the Spending Review of 2002 and leading the Spending Review of 2004 add something


2004

Boateng, coordinating with Sir Peter Gershon's report, announced in 2004 the government's efficiency programme to save over £20 billion in the public sector add something

 

He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Lincoln University in 2004 and the University of Bristol in 2007 add something


2005

Following his departure from the House of Commons, he served as the British High Commissioner to South Africa from March 2005 to May 2009 add something

 

In March 2005, Boateng announced that he would not stand for re-election as an MP in the May 2005 general election add something


2009

His tenure as High Commissioner ended in May 2009 add something


2010

On 28 May 2010, it was announced in the 2010 Dissolution Honours that Boateng would become a member of the House of Lords add something

 

He was introduced as Lord Boateng of Akyem and Wembley on 1 July 2010; he was supported by Lord Ouseley and Lord Janner add something

 

He was introduced as a member of the House of Lords on 1 July 2010 add something


2011

In 2011 Boateng's son Benjamin Boateng, 27, was jailed for four years for a sexual assault on a woman in a flat in Battersea add something

 

In December 2011, he initiated a debate in the House of Lords to discuss cuts in funding to the Citizens Advice Bureau centres, which Lord Boateng vehemently opposed add something


2018

He received honorary Doctor of Law degrees from West London University on 25th July 2018, Lincoln University in 2004 and the University of Bristol in 2007 add something