- Alan Milburn
name = The Rt Hon. Alan Milburn MP
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
term_start = 8 September 2004
term_end = 6 May 2005
successor = John Hutton
Secretary of State for Health
term_start2 = 11 October 1999
term_end2 = 13 June 2003
successor2 = John Reid
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
term_start3 = 23 December 1998
term_end3 = 11 October 1999
successor3 = Andrew Smith
constituency_MP4 = Darlington
majority4 = 10,404 (26.4%)
term_start4 = 9 April 1992
birth_date = Birth date and age|1958|01|27|df=yes
Tow Law, County Durham
nationality = British
party = Labour
Alan Milburn (born 27 January 1958) is a British
politician. He is Labour Party Member of Parliament(MP) for Darlington, and served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Healthuntil he resigned citing lack of balance with his family life, and rejoined it as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancasterfor oversight of Labour's 2005 re-election campaign.
Milburn was born in the village of
Tow Lawin County Durham, Englandand grew up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He is from a working classbackground.
He went on to
Lancaster University, where he is reported to have been a supporter of the ideas of Leon Trotsky. After leaving university, he returned to Newcastle where, with Martin Spence, he operated a small radical bookshop in the Westgate Road, called "Days of Hope" (the shop was given the spoonerised nickname "Haze of Dope").cite web |url=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/a-friend-from-the-north-714280.html |title=A friend from the north |accessdate=2008-04-10 |last=O'Grady |first=Sean |date=2000-06-03 |work= The Independent|publisher= Independent News & Media] From there he worked as a co-ordinator at the Trade Union Studies Information Unit.
From 1988, Milburn co-ordinated a campaign to defend shipbuilding in
Sunderland, and was elected as Chairman of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central Constituency Labour Party. In 1990 he was appointed as a Business Development Officer for North TynesideBorough Council and elected as President of the North East Region of the Manufacturing Science and Finance(MSF) Trade Union. Meanwhile, he won the seat of Darlington in the 1992 general election.
Member of Parliament
In Parliament, Milburn allied himself with the
Blairite'modernisers' in the Labour Party, becoming close to Tony Blairwho sat for the next-door constituency of Sedgefield. This led to his appointment as Minister of State at the Department of Health when Labour came into government in 1997, an important post in which he had responsibility for driving through Private Finance Initiativedeals on hospitals. In the reshuffle caused by Peter Mandelson's resignation on 23 December 1998, Milburn was promoted to the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Secretary of State for Healthin October 1999, with responsibility for continuing the reduction in waiting times and delivering modernisation in the National Health Service (NHS). The government increased expenditure on the NHS, although the public was sceptical over claims of improved performance.Fact|date=August 2008 Milburn was thought to be a candidate for promotion within the Government, but on the day of a reshuffle (12 June 2003) he announced his resignation. He cited the difficulties combining family life in North-East England with a demanding job in London as his reason for quitting.
While on the backbenches he continued to be a strong supporter of Tony Blair's policies, especially his continued policy of increased private involvement in public service provision. He returned to government in September 2004, with the title of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He was brought back to lead the Labour Party's campaign in the 2005 general election, but the unsuccessful start to the campaign led to Alan Milburn taking a back seat, with
Gordon Brownreturning to take a very prominent role. On election night he announced he would be leaving the Cabinet for a second time, although rumours persisted that he would challenge Brown for the succession. On 10 April 2006, "The Sun" newspaper reported that Alan Milburn was still unsure whether to enter the leadership election when Tony Blair left office, which eventually occurred on 27 June the following year, with Brown subsequently assuming the prime ministerial role unopposed. He is the honourary president of the political organisation Progress, which is often described as a Blairite faction of the Labour Party.
Following his resignation as Secretary of State for Health (to spend more time with his family) Alan Milburn took a post for £30,000 a year as an adviser to
Bridgepoint Capital, a venture capital firm heavily involved in financing private health care firms moving into the NHS, including Alliance Medical, Match Group, Medicaand Robina Care Group. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3633738.stm Profile: Alan Milburn] ] He has been Member of Advisory Board of Pepsicosince April 2007. [ [http://investing.businessweek.com/businessweek/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=9345102&capId=32854&previousCapId=32854&previousTitle=Pepsico%2C%20Inc. Alan Milburn: Executive Profile & Biography - BusinessWeek ] ]
Possible leadership contender
On 8 September 2006, after Tony Blair had announced his intention to step down within a year,
Charles Clarkesuggested Milburn as leader in place of Gordon Brown.
On 28 February 2007, he and
Charles Clarke[http://politics.guardian.co.uk/labourleadership/story/0,,2023324,00.html launched] The 2020 Vision, a website intended to promote policy debate in the Labour Party.
In 2007 Alan Milburn worked as an advisor to
Kevin Ruddwho became the first Australian Labor prime minister for 11 years. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article2937101.ece]
Alan Milburn now also holds a place on the board of
PepsiCoas [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/labour/story/0,,2091070,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=19 an advisor] .
* [http://www.alanmilburn.co.uk/ Alan Milburn] official site
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-3623,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Alan Milburn MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/alan_milburn/darlington TheyWorkForYou.com - Alan Milburn MP]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/this_week/4996972.stm Alan Milburn on BBC One's This Week]
* [http://www.labour-network.co.uk/milburn/ Supremo] supporter site
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