Ruth Kelly

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Person.png Ruth Kelly   PowerbaseRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Limavady, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Alma materQueen's College (Oxford), London School of Economics
ReligionRoman Catholicism
SpouseDerek Gadd

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

In office
27 June 2007 - 3 October 2008
Succeeded byGeoff Hoon

Employment.png UK/Minister for Women

In office
5 May 2006 - 27 June 2007
Preceded byTessa Jowell

Employment.png Secretary of State for Education and Skills Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
15 December 2004 - 5 May 2006
Preceded byCharles Clarke
Succeeded byAlan Johnson

Employment.png UK/Financial Secretary to the Treasury Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
15 May 2002 - 9 September 2004

Employment.png Economic Secretary to the Treasury Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
8 June 2001 - 15 May 2002
Preceded byMelanie Johnson

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Bolton West

In office
2 May 1997 - 12 April 2010

Ruth Kelly has been the Labour MP for Bolton West since 1997.[1]

Communities Secretary

Kelly served as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from May 2006 to June 2007.[2]

Britain: Our Values, Our Responsibilities

In an October 2006 speech, Kelly called for "a fundamental rebalancing of our relationship with Muslim organisations from now on":

Since taking up my post, I have actively sought to develop relationships with a wider network of Muslim organisations, including those representing young people and women.
In future, I am clear that our strategy of funding and engagement must shift significantly towards those organisations that are taking a proactive leadership role in tackling extremism and defending our shared values. It is only by defending our values that we will prevent extremists radicalising future generations of terrorists[3]

The move was seen as a snub to the Muslim Council of Britain.[4]


After standing down at the 2010 election, Kelly joined HSBC's strategy unit.[5]

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  1. Ruth Kelly, They Work For, accessed 11 July 2009.
  2. Britain: our values, our responsibilities, Department of Communities and Local Government, 11 October 2006.
  3. Britain: our values, our responsibilities, Department of Communities and Local Government, 11 October 2006.
  4. Sean O’Neill and Philip Webster, Kelly penalises mosques' failure to tackle terror, The Times, 12 October 2006.
  5. Larry Elliott, HSBC appoints Labour's Ruth Kelly to strategy unit,, 17 May 2010.