- Kevin Brennan (politician)
name = Kevin Brennan
Parliamentary Secretaryat the Cabinet Office
5 October 2008
constituency_MP2 = Cardiff West
majority2 = 8,167 (23.6%)
7 June 2001
birth_date = Birth date and age|1959|10|16|df=y
Cwmbran, South Wales
nationality = British
spouse = Amy Lynn Wack
party = Labour
Pembroke College, Oxford, Cardiff University, University of Glamorgan
Kevin Denis Brennan (born
16 October 1959) is a British politician. He is the Labour Member of Parliamentfor Cardiff West and a Parliamentary Secretaryat the Cabinet Officewith responsibilities for the Third Sector.
Kevin Brennan was born in
Cwmbran, South Wales, the son of a steelworker and a school dinner lady, and is a Welshman of Irish origins. He has been married to Amy Lynn Wack since 1988, with one daughter, and he enjoys a round of golf. He is a member of the parliamentary rock group MP4.He is the brother of acclaimed RSC actor Patrick Brennan.
He was educated at St Alban's RC High School in
Pontypooland Pembroke College, Oxford. He graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economicsin 1982, and was elected President of the Oxford Unionin the same year. After Oxford he returned to Wales to study at the University College of Wales, Cardiff where he qualified as a teacher with a PGCE in historyin 1985. He finished his education with a master's degree in EducationManagement at the University of Glamorganin 1992.
In 1982 Kevin Brennan joined the Cwmbran Community Press as a
journalist. He joined the National Union of Teachersin 1984 before becoming a teacherat RadyrComprehensive School in 1985. He left the schoolin 1994 as Head of the Economics Department.
Brennan was elected as a councillor on the
CardiffCity Council in 1991 and remained on the council until his election to Westminster. He was appointed as a research officer by Rhodri MorganMP in 1995 and joined the Transport and General Workers Union. Brennan was elected as the Chairman of the Cardiff West Constituency Labour Party 1998-2000. On 16 October 2000, Morgan became the First Minister of Wales, and Brennan was appointed a Special Advisor.
Rhodri Morgan stepped down from the Westminster parliament to concentrate his efforts as First Minister. He was succeeded as the Labour MP for Cardiff West at the 2001 General Election by Kevin Brennan who held the seat with a majority of 11,321. Brennan made his
maiden speechon 20 June 2001. He became the Parliamentary Private Secretaryto the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Alan Milburnin 2004.
Following the 2005 General Election he was promoted to Tony Blair's government as an Assistant Government Whip. In June 2007, Blair's successor,
Gordon Brownappointed Brennan as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of Statefor Children, Young People and Families in the new Department for Children, Schools and Families, replacing Parmjit Dhanda. Brennan was replaced in this role by Lady Morgan following the government reshuffle of October 2008. He was moved to the Cabinet Office as Parliamentary Secretary along with Lady Vadera.
* [http://www.kevinbrennan.co.uk/ Kevin Brennan MP Website]
* [http://www.epolitix.com/EN/MPWebsites/Kevin+Brennan Kevin Brennan MP Official site on ePolitix.com]
* [http://www.labour.org.uk/ Official Website of the Labour Party]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/kevin_brennan/cardiff_west Parliamentary record at www.theyworkforyou.com]
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