John Hutton, Baron Hutton of Furness

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Hutton of Furness
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Secretary of State for Defence
In office
3 October 2008 – 5 June 2009
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Des Browne
Succeeded by Bob Ainsworth
Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
In office
28 June 2007 – 3 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Alistair Darling (Trade and Industry)
Succeeded by The Lord Mandelson
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
In office
2 November 2005 – 27 June 2007
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by David Blunkett
Succeeded by Peter Hain
Minister for the Cabinet Office
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
6 May 2005 – 2 November 2005
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Alan Milburn
Succeeded by Hilary Armstrong
Member of Parliament
for Barrow and Furness
In office
9 April 1992 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by Cecil Franks
Succeeded by John Woodcock
Personal details
Born (1955-05-06) 6 May 1955 (age 59)
Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Political party Labour
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford

John Matthew Patrick Hutton, Baron Hutton of Furness (born 6 May 1955) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Barrow and Furness in Cumbria from 1992 to 2010, and has served in a number of Cabinet offices, including Defence Secretary and Business Secretary. He is now the Chairman of the Royal United Services Institute.

Early life[edit]

Hutton was born 6 May 1955, in London, though his family moved to Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex when he was 8.[1] He was educated at Westcliff High School for Boys and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he joined the Conservative, Liberal and Labour Associations[1] and gained a BA in 1976 and a BCL 1978. He worked for a year as a bus driver.[2] For two years he was a legal adviser to the CBI. From 1980–81, he was a research associate for Templeton College, Oxford. He went on to become a senior law lecturer at the Newcastle Polytechnic from 1981–92 before turning back to politics.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Hutton first stood for election in the Penrith and the Borders seat in 1987. Two years later, he also failed to be elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Cumbria and North Lancashire region. His election to the Barrow and Furness seat in the 1992 general election saw him replace Cecil Franks as MP with a majority of 3,578. His majority increased to 14,497 in the Labour landslide of the 1997 Election.

After being a part of the Department of Health from 1998, he was made a member of the Privy Council in 2001. In the reshuffle following the 2005 general election (in which his majority fell to just over 6,000), he was made Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, replacing his close friend and former flatmate, Alan Milburn.

His position in this role was short lived, however. Following the second resignation of David Blunkett, Hutton was appointed as his replacement in the role of Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on 2 November 2005. Hutton was seen as one of Tony Blair's closest supporters but survived in cabinet following Blair's resignation in June 2007 and was moved by new Prime Minister Gordon Brown to be Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which incorporated the bulk of portfolios from the now dissolved Department of Trade and Industry, including Energy security issues which many had expected to be ceded to DEFRA.

In September 2006, while discussing the forthcoming Labour Party leadership election, Hutton gave an anonymous quote to BBC journalist Nick Robinson that Gordon Brown would be a "fucking disaster" as prime minister.[3]

He was moved into the role of Secretary of State for Defence in the cabinet reshuffle on 3 October 2008. On 5 June 2009, Hutton resigned his Cabinet position and announced his intention to stand down as an MP at the next general election.[4]

Hutton gave evidence to the Iraq Inquiry about his role as Defence Secretary on 25 January 2010, the same day as his predecessor, Des Browne.[5]

House of Lords[edit]

On 27 June 2010, he was created a life peer as Baron Hutton of Furness, of Aldingham in the County of Cumbria, and was introduced in the House of Lords on 1 July 2010,[6] where he sits on the Labour benches.

Later career[edit]

In June 2010, it was announced that Hutton had joined the board of U.S. nuclear power company Hyperion Power Generation. The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments stipulated that he should not lobby his former department for 12 months.[7]

It was also announced in June 2010, that the Conservative – Lib Dem coalition had asked him to head a commission into public sector pensions.[8] His initial report was published in October 2010.[9] The final report was published in March 2011.[10] On 19 June 2011, Hutton rejected claims by trade unionists and Labour colleagues that he had been used as a 'stooge' by the government and dismissed speculation regarding his motives for accepting the coalition's invitation.[11]

Personal life[edit]

John Hutton married Rosemary Caroline Little in 1978 in Oxford. They had three sons and a daughter, before divorcing in 1993. He married civil servant Heather Rogers in 2004.[12]

He is a member of Cemetery Cottages Working Men’s Club, Barrow.[13]

Publications[edit]

In 2008 John Hutton's first book was published, a non-fiction book with the title Kitchener's Men - The King's Own Royal Lancasters on the Western Front 1915-18.[14] In it, Hutton gives a "graphic insight into the daily routine and grim reality of warfare on the Western Front for men who were mostly recruited from the Furness area of the North-West. This was followed in 2010 by 'August 1914, Surrender at St. Quentin'.[15]

He has also co-authored the book ‘How to be a minister – a 21st century guide’ with Sir Leigh Lewis. It was published in September 2014.[16]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Cecil Franks
Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness
19922010
Succeeded by
John Woodcock
Political offices
Preceded by
Alan Milburn
Minister for the Cabinet Office
2005
Succeeded by
Hilary Armstrong
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
2005
Preceded by
David Blunkett
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Peter Hain
Preceded by
Alistair Darling
as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
2007–2008
Succeeded by
The Lord Mandelson
Preceded by
Des Browne
Secretary of State for Defence
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Bob Ainsworth