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The Lord Falconer of Thoroton

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Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Shadow Lord Chancellor
In office
11 May 2015 – 26 June 2016
Leader Harriet Harman (Acting)
Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Sadiq Khan
Succeeded by Richard Burgon
Secretary of State for Justice
In office
9 May 2007 – 27 June 2007
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Jack Straw
Lord Chancellor
In office
12 June 2003 – 28 June 2007
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by The Lord Irvine of Lairg
Succeeded by Jack Straw
Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs
In office
12 June 2003 – 8 May 2007
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Office abolished
Minister of State for Housing and Planning
In office
11 June 2001 – 29 May 2002
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Nick Raynsford
Succeeded by The Lord Rooker
Solicitor General for England and Wales
In office
6 May 1997 – 28 July 1998
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Derek Spencer
Succeeded by Ross Cranston
Personal details
Born
Charles Leslie Falconer

19 November 1951 (1951-11-19) (age 69)
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Political party Labour
Alma mater Queens' College, Cambridge

Charles Leslie "Charlie" Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton, PC, QC, (born 19 November 1951) is a British Labour peer and barrister.

Falconer became the Lord Chancellor and the first Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs in 2003 under Prime Minister Tony Blair. He is the first Secretary of State for Justice in a 2007 reorganization and enlargement of the portfolio of the Department for Constitutional Affairs. He held this role for over a month until Gordon Brown became Prime Minister in June 2007.

Falconer was replaced by Jack Straw. He was named Shadow Justice Secretary under the acting leadership of Harriet Harman, and continued in this role after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the party, until he resigned on 26 June 2016.

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