Party affiliation: British Labour Party
General secretary National Council Civil Liberties (now Liberty), England, 1974-1983. Press secretary to Leader of Opposition (Neil Kinnock), England, 1983-1987. Policy coordinator Leader of Opposition, England, 1987-1989.
Deputy director Institute for Public Policy Research, England, 1989-1994. Director research Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), England, 1994—1997. Member House of Commons, Parliament, since 1997, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Minister for Women, 2001—2005, Secretary of State for Health, since 2005.