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Alan Johnson (1950-), Politician; Home Secretary

Alan Arthur Johnson

Sitter in 2 portraits
Secretary of State for the Department for Trade and Industry since May 2005. Johnson was educated at Sloane Grammar School, Chelsea and became a postman in 1968. In the same year he joined the Union of Communication Workers becoming the General Secretary in 1992 and Joint General Secretary (1995-7). A Member of the General Council TUC (1994-5) and a member of the Labour Party NEC (1995-7). He was elected an MP in 1997. In 1999 Johnson became Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Competitiveness and in 2004 Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.