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Secretary of State for the Home Office

Dr John Reid

The Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP Born in Scotland in May 1947, John Reid went to school at Coatbridge. He read History at Stirling University, staying to take a Doctorate in Economic History.

He worked as a research officer for the Labour Party from 1979 to 1983. He acted as political adviser to Neil Kinnock from 1983 to 1985 and organised Scottish Trade Unionists for Labour from 1986 to 1987.

He has held the following posts in Parliament: Opposition Spokesman on Children; Opposition Spokesman on Defence; Minister of State for Defence; Minister for Transport; Secretary of State for Scotland; Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; Minister without Portfolio and Party Chair; Leader of the House of Commons and President of the Council.

Following a spell at the Department of Health, he took over as Secretary of State for Defence in May 2005. He moved to the Home Office in May 2006.

The transfer of the active communities and civic renewal functions leaves the Home Office to focus on its core areas: policing, prisons, probation, the fight against crime including anti-social behaviour and the respect agenda; immigration and asylum; and counter terrorism.

John Reid enjoys reading history and solving crosswords in his spare time. He is married to Ms Carine Adler.