Jack Straw

Born Aug 3, 1946

John Whitaker "Jack" Straw is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Blackburn since 1979. He served as Home Secretary from 1997 to 2001, Foreign Secretary from 2001 to 2006 and Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons from 2006 to 2007 under Tony Blair.… Read More

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1946 Birth Born on August 3, 1946.


1967 20 Years Old Straw was then elected president of the Leeds University Union. At the 1967 National Union of Students (NUS) Conference, he unsuccessfully ran for office in the NUS.
1968 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1968, he stood unsuccessfully for election as NUS President, to be defeated by Trevor Fisk.
1969 22 Years Old However, he was elected as NUS President in 1969, holding this post until 1971.
1971 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1971, he was elected as a Labour councillor in the London Borough of Islington, a position he held until 1978.
1974 27 Years Old 1 More Event
He served as a political adviser to Barbara Castle at the Department of Social Security from 1974 to 1976, and as an adviser to Peter Shore at the Department for the Environment from 1976 to 1977. … Read More


1977 30 Years Old Straw was selected to stand for Parliament for the Lancashire constituency of Blackburn in 1977, after Barbara Castle decided not to seek re-election there.
1978 31 Years Old On 10 November 1978 he married Alice Perkins, a senior civil servant. … Read More
1979 32 Years Old 1 More Event
He was later selected to stand for Labour in its safe Blackburn seat at the 1979 General Election.
1981 34 Years Old …  The report found that there had been a failure of leadership by senior MPS officers and that recommendations of the 1981 Scarman Report, compiled following race-related riots in Brixton and Toxteth, had been ignored and concluded that the force was "institutionally racist". … Read More


1987 40 Years Old Straw's first Shadow Cabinet post was as Education spokesman from 1987. … Read More
1992 45 Years Old Straw briefly served as Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment under John Smith from 1992 to 1994, speaking on matters concerning local government. … Read More


1997 - 1998 4 More Events
A motion of Leeds University Union Council in 2000 removed Jack Straw's life membership of the Union and removed his name from the Presidents' Board, citing his support for asylum and immigration bill and limits to trial by jury and legal aid.
2001 - 2004 4 More Events
In the run up to the 2005 general election Straw faced a potential backlash from his Muslim constituents over the Iraq War – the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPAC) attempted to capitalise on anti-war sentiment with 'operation Muslim vote' in Blackburn. … Read More
In February 2006, Straw attracted publicity after he condemned the publication of cartoons picturing Mohammed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.


2007 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007 the Union Council reinstated his life membership and place on the Presidents' Board. … Read More
2009 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2009, Straw used his authority as Justice Secretary to veto publication of government documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act: in particular, those pertaining to early government meetings held in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003.
Jack Straw apologised for these comments regarding the veil on 26 April 2010 at a private hustings organised by Engage in the buildup to the United Kingdom General Election, 2010.
In January 2011, Straw provoked controversy with comments made on Newsnight about Pakistani men. … Read More
2012 65 Years Old …  In October 2012, the Guardian reported on the filing of court papers, which alleged that MI6 alerted Muammar Gaddafi's intelligence services to the whereabouts of dissidents, co-operated in their rendition, sent officers and detailed questions to assist in their interrogation, and that Straw attempted to conceal this from MPs. … Read More
2013 66 Years Old In 2013, at a round table event of the Global Diplomatic Forum at the UK's House of Commons, Jack Straw (who has Jewish heritage) was quoted by Israeli politician Einat Wilf, one of the panelists at the forum, as having said that among the main obstacles to peace was the amount of money available to Jewish organizations in the US, which controlled US foreign policy, and also Germany's "obsession" with defending Israel. … Read More
In February 2015 Channel 4 Dispatches and The Daily Telegraph accused Straw of impropriety following a meeting they set up with a fictitious Chinese company. … Read More
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