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The Lord Reid of Cardowan

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Home Secretary
In office
5 May 2006 – 28 June 2007
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Charles Clarke
Succeeded by Jacqui Smith
Personal details
Born 8 May 1947 (1947-05-08) (age 72)
Bellshill, Scotland
Political party Labour
Alma mater Open University
University of Stirling

John Reid, Baron Reid of Cardowan PC (born 8 May 1947) is a British Labour Party politician. He was a Member of Parliament from 1987 to 2010, and served in the Cabinet under Prime Minister Tony Blair in a number of positions. He was Health Secretary from 2003–05, Defence Secretary from 2005–06, and Home Secretary from 2006–07.

Born in Bellshill to working-class, Roman Catholic parents, Reid first became involved in politics when he joined the Young Communist League in 1972. He later joined the Labour Party, working for them as a senior researcher before being elected to the House of Commons in 1987 as the MP for Motherwell North.

He retired from front-line politics in 2007 following Gordon Brown's appointment as Prime Minister, taking on a role as the Chairman of Celtic Football Club. He later stepped down as an MP in 2010, and was elevated to the House of Lords.

Cabinet positions 1999–2007

John Reid on his last day as Home Secretary, June 2007
John Reid, British Labour politician, during his last day as Home Secretary
  • Secretary of State for Scotland
  • Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • Minister without Portfolio and Labour Party chairman
  • Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council
  • Secretary of State for Health
  • Secretary of State for Defence
  • Secretary of State for the Home Department (Home Secretary)

Outside politics

On 28 September 2007, it was announced Reid would become Chairman of Celtic Football Club.

In late 2008 it was announced that Reid would be taking up the post of honorary Professor at the University College London and become the chairman of the newly created Institute of Security and Resilience Studies (ISRS) at UCL.

On 18 December 2008 G4S (Group 4 Securicor) announced that Reid would be taking up a post with the company as group consultant.

Reid is currently a member of the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation, established in October 2009.

In June 2009, Reid was awarded an honorary degree from Stirling University "for his contribution to public affairs".

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