The following are all authors of chapters in the Purple Book:
Andrew Adonis is a member of the House of Lords and was Secretary of State for Transport, minister for schools and head of the No. 10 Policy Unit in the last Labour government. He is currently director of the Institute for Government. His book, Academies: The Reinvention of English Education, is published in the autumn.
Douglas Alexander MP is shadow Foreign Secretary and the Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire South. Between May 2001 and May 2010 he served in a wide range of ministerial positions, including Secretary of State for International Development and Secretary of State for Transport. He is a qualified lawyer.
Paul Brant is deputy leader of Liverpool City Council, where he has served as a councillor since 1995. He stood as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Southport in 2001 and 2005. He is also a Co-operative Party member. Professionally he practises as a barrister and has previously been selected as The Times lawyer of the week.
Liam Byrne MP is shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, coordinator of Labour’s policy review and the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hodge Hill. As immigration minister, he created the UK Border Agency and led the biggest overhaul of Britain’s border controls since the Second World War. He joined the Cabinet under Gordon Brown and in 2009 was promoted to Chief Secretary to the Treasury, where he negotiated Labour’s deficit reduction plan across Whitehall.
Jenny Chapman MP is the Member of Parliament for Darlington. Her interest in the criminal justice system grew from working in the prison service in her early twenties. She went on to work for the former Health Secretary to Alan Milburn and has served as a councillor in her local community.
Patrick Diamond is Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and a visiting fellow in the department of politics at the University of Oxford. Now a member of Southwark Council, he was the former head of policy planning in 10 Downing Street and senior policy adviser to the Prime Minister. He spent ten years as a special adviser in various roles at the heart of British government, including 10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office.
Frank Field MP is the Member of Parliament for Birkenhead. He was director of the Child Poverty Action Group between 1969 and 1979. He was chair of the social security select committee in the run-up to the 1997 election and minister for welfare reform in the early years of Tony Blair’s government. More recently he was asked to report to the Prime Minister on poverty and life chances. His latest publications include Attlee’s Great Contemporaries: The Politics of Character and Saints and Heroes: Inspiring Politics.
Caroline Flint MP is shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and the Member of Parliament for Don Valley. She currently chairs Labour’s housing policy review. She held a number of ministerial posts in the last Labour government, including minister for Europe. As housing minister her achievements included a £1bn housing package, new shared ownership and shared equity schemes to help first-time buyers, and a mortgage rescue scheme.
Tristram Hunt MP is the Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central, elected in May 2010, and is a vice chair of Progress. Prior to entering Parliament, he was senior lecturer in history at Queen Mary, University of London. As a historian and broadcaster, he was the author of numerous books, TV and radio series, and served as a trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Tessa Jowell MP is shadow minister for the Cabinet Office and the Olympics, and the Member of Parliament for Dulwich & West Norwood. She served as a minister throughout the last Labour government, spending eight of its thirteen years in the Cabinet. As Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport between 2001 to 2007 she pioneered London’s successful bid for the Olympic Games in 2012 and remains on the Olympic Board.
Liz Kendall MP is the Member of Parliament for Leicester West, elected in May 2010, and is a vice chair of Progress. In October 2010 she was appointed to Labour’s frontbench team as a shadow health minister. Her previous roles include director of the Maternity Alliance and of the Ambulance Service Network. She was an associate director at the Institute for Public Policy Research, where she led work on health, social care and children’s early years. After the 1997 general election, she was special adviser to Harriet Harman MP and then Patricia Hewitt MP.
Ivan Lewis MP is shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and the Member of Parliament for Bury South. Prior to becoming an MP he was chief executive of two voluntary organisations, Contact Community Care Group and the Manchester Jewish Federation, and served as a Bury councillor for eight years. During Labour’s period in government he served in five government departments, including the Department for International Development.
Peter Mandelson is a member of the House of Lords. He was elected to Parliament in 1992 and entered British government in 1997, serving as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. In 2004, he became EU commissioner for trade until 2008, when he re-entered the British government as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and First Secretary of State until 2010. He published his autobiography, The Third Man, in 2010. He is currently chairman of Global Counsel and senior adviser to Lazard.
Alan Milburn was Member of Parliament for Darlington between 1992 and 2010. He served in the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Secretary of State for Health and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He has chaired the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions, and is currently the independent reviewer on social mobility for the government, reporting on child poverty and social mobility.
Ed Miliband MP is the leader of the Labour Party and the Member of Parliament for Doncaster North. He served in the Labour government between 2007 and 2008 as minister for the Cabinet Office and as Secretary of State for Climate Change between 2008 and 2010. As climate change secretary he led the British delegation to the Copenhagen summit and worked to ensure that a global agreement was established.
Robert Philpot is director of Progress and editor of its monthly magazine. He is a former special adviser to Peter Hain MP and to Tessa Jowell MP. Before joining Progress, he was a graduate teaching assistant at Brunel University, teaching American politics and history. He has written for publications including The Guardian, New Statesman, Tribune and Renewal.
Steve Reed has been leader of Lambeth Council since 2006. He is pioneering new cooperative models of running local services and aims to make Lambeth Britain’s first cooperative council. He is also deputy leader of Local Government Labour and London Councils board member for children’s services and employment. He was this year named by the Local Government Chronicle as one of the three most influential council leaders in the country.
Rachel Reeves MP is the Member of Parliament for Leeds West, elected in May 2010, and is a vice chair of Progress. In October 2010 she was appointed to Labour’s frontbench team as shadow minister for pensions. As a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee, she challenged the government’s decision to cancel a loan to Sheffield Forgemasters. Previously, she was an economist at the Bank of England, British Embassy in Washington and at Halifax Bank of Scotland.
Paul Richards is a Labour activist, columnist and author. He joined Labour in the mid-1980s and has served as a branch chair, party press officer, parliamentary researcher, parliamentary candidate in 1997 and 2001, and special adviser to two Cabinet ministers. He was chair of the National Organisation of Labour Students, and chair of the Fabian Society. His books and pamphlets include The Case for Socialism, Labour’s Revival, Tony Blair In His Own Words, and How to Win an Election. He was one of the founders of Progress in 1996, and has written for Progress magazine regularly ever since.
Jacqui Smith became Britain’s first female Home Secretary in 2007. Following a successful teaching career, she was elected to Parliament in 1997, became a member of the Treasury Select Committee in 1998 and was appointed a minister in the Department for Education in 1999. In a ten-year ministerial career, she held many roles, including minister for equality, when she was responsible for the Civil Partnerships Act. She left Parliament in 2010 and now works as a consultant and broadcaster.
Stephen Twigg MP is the Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby, elected in May 2010, and is chair of Progress. In October 2010, he was appointed to Labour’s frontbench team as shadow minister for Africa and the Middle East. He has been an active member of the Labour Party for twenty-nine years, holding many roles including MP for Enfield Southgate, deputy leader of the House of Commons and general secretary of the Fabian Society. He is a member of Usdaw, the shopworkers’ union.
John Woodcock MP is the Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness, elected in May 2010, and is a vice chair of Progress. In October 2010, he was appointed to Labour’s frontbench team as shadow transport minister. Before entering Parliament he served as political spokesman for Gordon Brown and was special adviser to former Cabinet minister John Hutton MP. He became chair of Labour Friends of Israel after the death of David Cairns MP.
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