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ⓘ Jack Straw. John Whitaker Jack Straw is a British politician. He held several cabinet posts in the Labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He is the ..




Jack Straw
                                     

ⓘ Jack Straw

John Whitaker Jack Straw is a British politician. He held several cabinet posts in the Labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Blackburn.

Jack Straw became a Labour Party MP at the 1979 General Election for the constituency of Blackburn. He was promoted to the shadow cabinet in 1987 and became the Home Secretary when Labour returned to power in 1997. His other cabinet posts included: Foreign Secretary 2001-2006, Leader of the House of Commons 2006-2007 and Justice Secretary 2007-2010. He did not choose to become a member of Ed Milibands shadow cabinet.

                                     

1. Personal life

Straws first marriage, in 1968, to teacher Anthea Weston ended in divorce in 1977. They had a daughter, Rachel, born on 24 February 1976. She died after five days because of a heart defect.

On 10 November 1978 he married Alice Perkins, a senior civil servant. They have two adult children, William and Charlotte.

He supports his local football club Blackburn Rovers. He was made an Honorary Vice President of Blackburn Rovers in 1998 by Jack Walker.

Straw has tinnitus.