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Andrew Adonis

Andrew AdonisHouse of Lords

Andres Adonis is a reformer, writer and Labour peer who was Minister for Schools and Transport Secretary under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

He was Minister for Schools from May 2005 until October 2008, Minister of State for Transport from October 2008 until June 2009, and Secretary of State for Transport from June 2009 until May 2010. He was one of Labour’s negotiating team with the Liberal Democrats in the post-election hung parliament negotiations, and currently sits on the front bench in the House of Lords as the Shadow Infrastructure Minister.

Adonis was a journalist at the Financial Times for five years (1991-96) before moving to the Observer as a political columnist.

He studied history at Keble College, Oxford, followed by a PhD in modern history and a fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford, when he was elected to Oxford City Council (from 1987 to 1991).