Andy Burnham
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Andy Burnham was appointed as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in January 2008. He is the MP for Leigh in Greater Manchester, elected in June 2001.

Prior to that Andy was: Chief Secretary to the Treasury (June 2007 to January 2008); Minister of State for Delivery and Reform at the Department of Health (2006 to June 2007); Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality at the Home Office (2005-06) and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ruth Kelly, Transport Secretary (2004) and David Blunkett, Home Secretary (2003-04). He was also a member of the Health Select Committee (2001-03). Previous posts include: special adviser to Chris Smith, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1998-2001); administrator for the Football Task Force (1998); researcher at the NHS Confederation (1997); and researcher to Tessa Jowell MP (1994-97).

Born in Liverpool, Andy was educated in Merseyside at St Aelred's Roman Catholic High School and gained an MA in English at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

Andy is married to Marie-France van Heel and they have three children. He is an avid supporter of Leigh Centurions Rugby League Club and Everton Football Club, plays the guitar and likes indie music.

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Jeremy Hunt Is Playing a Dangerous Game

(5) Comments | Posted 26 May 2013 | (00:00)

For some time now, Labour has been warning him about building pressure in A&E. For 33 of the 36 weeks he has been Health Secretary, major A&Es have missed his government's target.

He began by simply ignoring us. But then, about a month ago, a new spin operation began: the...

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Reshaping the Education System is our Collective Challenge

(14) Comments | Posted 18 August 2011 | (00:00)

From this morning, young people will begin to feel the full impact of this Government's education policies.

As A Level results are handed out, tens of thousands could miss out on a University place and will need to take agonising decisions about whether to reapply next year...

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