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The Rt Hon John Denham MP

The Rt Hon John Denham 

Secretary of State

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government


Overall strategic direction of Communities and Local Government.


On Friday 5 June 2009, John Denham became the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

John Denham was first elected as MP for Southampton Itchen in 1992. Prior to being elected to Parliament, John was a Councillor at Hampshire County Council from 1981-89 and at Southampton City Council from 1989-92.

John's Ministerial career has included positions at the then Department for Social Security, the Department of Health and Home Office. He chaired the Commons Select Committee on Home Affairs and from 2007 he served as Secretary of State at the newly formed Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) until 2009.

John was born in 1953 and educated at Woodroffe Comprehensive School, Lyme Regis and Southampton University, where he became president of the Students Union. He was Head of Youth Affairs at the British Council from 1979 until 1983, and was responsible for public education and advocacy for War on Want from 1984 to 1988. He subsequently worked for Christian Aid, Oxfam and other development agencies.

John Denham is a member of AMICUS (MSF) and in June 2000 he was appointed by the Queen as a Privy Counsellor.

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