Kevin Brennan (politician)

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Kevin Brennan
MP
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Shadow Minister for Schools
Incumbent
Assumed office
11 October 2010
Leader Ed Miliband
Harriet Harman
Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs
In office
11 May 2010 – 11 October 2010
Leader Ed Miliband
Harriet Harman
Minister of State for Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs
In office
8 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Office
In office
5 October 2008 – 8 June 2009
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Phil Hope
Succeeded by Angela Smith
Member of Parliament
for Cardiff West
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded by Rhodri Morgan
Majority 4,750 (11.6%)
Personal details
Born (1959-10-16) 16 October 1959 (age 55)
Cwmbran, Monmouthshire, Wales
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Amy Lynn Wack (m. 1988–present); 1 child
Alma mater Pembroke College, Oxford, Cardiff University, University of Glamorgan

Kevin Denis Brennan (born 16 October 1959) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cardiff West since 2001, and was a Minister of State at both the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Children, Schools and Families before the 2010 general election. His responsibilities included Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs.[1]

Background[edit]

Brennan was born in Cwmbran, South Wales, the son of a steelworker and a school dinner lady. He was educated at St Alban's RC High School in Pontypool and Pembroke College, Oxford. He graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1982, and was elected President of the Oxford Union in the same year with support from William Hague who preferred Brennan's candidacy over others from the left of the Conservative faction in the Union. After Oxford he returned to Wales to study at the University College of Wales, Cardiff where he qualified as a teacher with a PGCE in history in 1985. He finished his education with a master's degree in Education Management at the University of Glamorgan in 1992.[citation needed]

In 1982, Brennan joined the Cwmbran Community Press as a journalist. He joined the National Union of Teachers in 1984 before becoming a teacher at Radyr Comprehensive School in 1985. He left the school in 1994 as Head of the Economics Department. Between 1991-2001, Brennan was a member of Cardiff Council representing the ward of Canton, Cardiff. During this time he served as Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the Economic Scrutiny Committee and Vice-Chair of Economic Development.[2]

Political career[edit]

Following Rhodri Morgan's decision to step down as the Member of Parliament for Cardiff West in order to concentrate on being the First Minister of Wales, Brennan was selected as the Labour candidate for the constituency and subsequently became the MP for Cardiff West in 2001.

After the 2005 general election, he was promoted to Tony Blair's government as an Assistant Government Whip. In June 2007, Blair's successor, Gordon Brown, appointed Brennan as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families in the new Department for Children, Schools and Families, replacing Parmjit Dhanda. Brennan was replaced in this role by Lady Morgan following the government reshuffle in October 2008. He then moved to the Cabinet Office before he was promoted in 2009, becoming the Minister of State for Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs with responsibilities in both the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Following the 2010 General Election he continued this role in a Shadow Ministerial capacity before Ed Miliband's decision to appoint Brennan to his current position of Shadow Minister for Schools.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Brennan has been married to Amy Lynn Wack since 1988; the couple has one daughter. Brennan supports Cardiff City Football Club and the Cardiff Blues rugby team. He is also a member of the parliamentary rock group MP4. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ministerial Responsibilities dbis.gov.uk
  2. ^ Biography kevinbrennan.co.uk
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/humber/content/articles/2005/05/11/mp4_music_feature.shtml

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Rhodri Morgan
Member of Parliament for Cardiff West
2001–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Unknown
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
2007-2008
Succeeded by
The Lady Morgan
Preceded by
Phil Hope
Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office
2008 - 2009
Succeeded by
Angela Smith
Preceded by
Unknown
Minister of State for Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs at the Department for Education & the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
2009 - 2010
Succeeded by
John Henry Hayes & Edward Davey