Des Browne

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Person.png Des Browne   PowerbaseRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician)
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Born1952-03-22
Kilwinning, Scotland
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow
ReligionRoman Catholicism
PartyLabour
Bought nuclear missiles as UK Secretary of State for Defence, campaigns for nuclear disarmament after leaving power.

Employment.png Secretary of State for Scotland Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
28 June 2007 - 3 October 2008
Succeeded byJim Murphy

Employment.png Secretary of State for Defence

In office
5 May 2006 - 3 October 2008
DeputyBob Ainsworth
Preceded byJohn Reid
Succeeded byJohn Hutton

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In office
6 May 2005 - 5 May 2006
Preceded byPaul Boateng
Succeeded byStephen Timms

Des Browne is a former Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury (May 2005 - May 2006), Secretary of State for Defence (May 2006 - Oct 2008), and Scottish Secretary (Jun 2007 - Oct 2008).[1]

Government minister

After the 2001 general election Browne entered Tony Blair's government as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office. He was promoted to Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions in 2003, before moving to the Home Office in 2004 as the minister with responsibility for immigration. He joined the Cabinet following the 2005 general election as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and became a Member of the Privy Council.

Browne was appointed Secretary of State for Defence on 5 May 2006.

An advocate of the UK Trident programme, in 2007 he successfully persuaded Parliament to vote to replace Trident nuclear missiles.

He came under criticism after allowing the Royal Navy personnel captured by Iran in spring 2007 to sell and publish their stories.[2] Under Tony Blair's premiership, Browne was considered a supporter of the Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown.[3] He received the additional responsibilities of Secretary of State for Scotland in June 2007 after Brown became Prime Minister.

Activities after leaving government

Browne is vice chairman of the Washington, DC-based Nuclear Threat Initiative, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2001 by former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, who serves as co-chair and CEO, and CNN founder and philanthropist Ted Turner. NTI's stated mission is to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and preventing the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

Browne is convener of the European Leadership Network for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation.[4] and he is also convenor of the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation, established in October 2009.[5][6]

He is a signatory of Global Zero, a non-profit international initiative for the elimination of all nuclear weapons worldwide.[7][8]

Browne was awarded a peerage in the dissolution honours list on 28 May 2010.[9]

Controversy over appointment as envoy to Sri Lanka

In February 2009, Browne was appointed by PM Brown as the government's special envoy to Sri Lanka. However, the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa, fighting the LTTE rebel group, rejected Browne's appointment, stating that the British government made the appointment unilaterally, without consultation with the Sri Lankan government.[10]


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