|The Right Honourable
The Lord Mandelson
|First Secretary of State|
5 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
|Prime Minister||Gordon Brown|
|Preceded by||John Prescott|
|Succeeded by||William Hague|
|Lord President of the Council|
5 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
|Prime Minister||Gordon Brown|
|Preceded by||The Baroness Royall of Blaisdon|
|Succeeded by||Nick Clegg|
|Secretary of State for Business,
Innovation and Skills
3 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
|Prime Minister||Gordon Brown|
|Preceded by||John Hutton|
|Succeeded by||Vince Cable|
|European Commissioner for Trade|
22 November 2004 – 3 October 2008
|President||José Manuel Barroso|
|Preceded by||Pascal Lamy|
|Succeeded by||Catherine Ashton|
|Secretary of State for Northern Ireland|
11 October 1999 – 24 January 2001
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Mo Mowlam|
|Succeeded by||John Reid|
|Secretary of State for Trade and Industry|
27 July 1998 – 23 December 1998
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Margaret Beckett|
|Succeeded by||Stephen Byers|
|Minister without Portfolio|
2 May 1997 – 27 July 1998
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Brian Mawhinney|
|Succeeded by||Charles Clarke|
|Member of Parliament
9 April 1992 – 8 September 2004
|Preceded by||Ted Leadbitter|
|Succeeded by||Iain Wright|
|Born||Peter Benjamin Mandelson
21 October 1953
Hampstead Garden Suburb, Middlesex, United Kingdom
|Domestic partner||Reinaldo Avila da Silva|
|Alma mater||St Catherine's College, Oxford|
Peter Benjamin Mandelson, Baron Mandelson PC (born 21 October 1953) is a British Labour Party politician and President of the international think tank Policy Network. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hartlepool from 1992 to 2004, and served in a number of Cabinet positions under Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He was also the European Commissioner for Trade between 2004 and 2008.
Mandelson was one of several individuals responsible for the rebranding of the Labour Party as "New Labour" and its subsequent landslide victory in the 1997 election. He resigned twice from the Cabinet before leaving Parliament to take up an appointment as a European Commissioner. He later rejoined the Cabinet for a third time, after having been made a life peer in the House of Lords.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Labour's Director of Communications
- 3 Political career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Links with Hull
- 6 In the media
- 7 Bibliography
- 8 References
- 9 Further reading
- 10 External links
Peter Mandelson was born in Hampstead Garden Suburb, Middlesex on 21 October 1953, the son of Mary Joyce (née Morrison) and George Norman Mandelson. His father's family was Jewish, his grandfather had founded the Harrow United Synagogue, and his father was the advertising manager at The Jewish Chronicle. On his mother's side he is the grandson of Margaret (Kent) and Herbert Morrison, the London County Council leader and Labour cabinet minister. Between 1965 and 1972 he attended Hendon County Grammar School. In 1966 he appeared on stage with the local amateur theatre group, the Hampstead Garden Suburb Dramatic Society as the eponymous lead in The Winslow Boy.
From 1973 to 1976 he read philosophy, politics and economics at St Catherine's College, Oxford and in the late 1970s he became chair of the British Youth Council. As chair of the BYC he was a delegate in 1978 to the Soviet-organised World Festival of Youth and Students in Havana, Cuba, where with several future Labour cabinet colleagues, he - together with Hilary Barnard, future IUSY President, and Trevor Phillips - successfully frustrated agreement on a distorted Soviet text on youth in the capitalist countries.
In his teenage years, he was also a member of the Young Communist League but was a member of the Oxford University Labour Club delegation to the December 1975 NOLS Conference when the entryist Trotskyist Militant tendency lost control of NOLS. He was elected to Lambeth Borough Council in September 1979 but retired in 1982, disillusioned with the state of Labour politics.
Labour's Director of Communications
Labour leader Neil Kinnock appointed him as the party's director of communications in 1985.
Mandelson was able to secure close friendships within the Labour Party because of his uncle Alexander Butler, who had worked alongside many important Labour politicians during the 1960s. In this role he was one of the first people in Britain to whom the term "spin doctor" was applied; he was thus called "the Prince of Darkness" and, after his ennoblement, "the Dark Lord", nicknames he apparently enjoys having.
In 1986 Mandelson ran the campaign at the Fulham by-election in which Labour defeated the Conservative Party. For the 1987 election campaign, Mandelson commissioned film director Hugh Hudson, whose Chariots of Fire (1981) had won an Oscar as Best Picture, to make a party political broadcast promoting Neil Kinnock as a potential prime minister. Tagged "Kinnock – the Movie", it led to the party leader's approval rating being raised by 16% or 19% in polls and was even repeated in another PPB slot. The election, held on 11 June 1987, returned Margaret Thatcher's Conservatives for the third time, although Labour gained 20 seats, and, this time, convincingly pushed the SDP-Liberal Alliance into third place. Opponents termed the Labour Party's election campaign "a brilliantly successful election defeat".
He ceased being a Labour Party official in 1990 when he was selected as Labour candidate for the safe seat of Hartlepool.
First elected to the House of Commons at the 1992 general election, Mandelson made several speeches outlining his strong support for the European Union. Although sidelined during the brief period when John Smith led the party, Mandelson was by now close to two shadow cabinet members – Gordon Brown and Tony Blair – each regarded as potential future leaders of the party.
Following Smith's sudden death on 12 May 1994, Mandelson chose to back Blair for the leadership, believing him to be a superior communicator to Brown and played a leading role in the leadership campaign. This created antagonism between Mandelson and Brown, though they were considered allies in the Labour Party. In 1994 Kate Garvey suggested that Mandelson (who was at the time being derided by the trade unions and other Labour factions), should adopt a "nom de guerre" throughout Blair's leadership bid, so that he might conceal his considerable role within the campaign team. Mandelson agreed to be called "Bobby" for the duration and was thanked by Blair using this name in his victory speech.
He was appointed as a Minister without Portfolio in the Cabinet Office, where his job was to co-ordinate within government. A few months later, he also acquired responsibility for the Millennium Dome, after Blair decided to go ahead with the project despite the opposition of most of the cabinet (including the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who had been running it). Jennie Page, the Dome's chief executive, was abruptly sacked after a farcical opening night. She gave evidence to a House of Commons Select Committee for Culture and Heritage in June 2000. In what was seen as a reference to the close interest in the Dome from Mandelson, known at the time as so-called "Dome Secretary", and his successor Lord Falconer of Thoroton, Ms Page told the committee: "I made several attempts to persuade ministers that standing back from the Dome would be good for them as well as good for the Dome".
In July 1998 he joined the cabinet as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. He launched the Millennium Bug And Electronic Commerce Bill and a Competitiveness White Paper, which he described, as 'bold, far reaching and absolutely necessary'. He also appointed a 'net czar' to lead the UK in what he termed the "new industrial revolution". In 1998 he was appointed a privy councillor.
Mandelson bought a home in Notting Hill in 1996 with the assistance of an interest-free loan of £373,000 from Geoffrey Robinson, a millionaire Labour MP who was also in the government and subject to an inquiry into his business dealings by Mandelson's department. Mandelson contended that he had deliberately not taken part in any decisions relating to Robinson. However he had not declared the loan in the Register of Members' Interests, and resigned on 23 December 1998. Mandelson had also not declared the loan to his building society (the Britannia) although they decided not to take any action, with the CEO stating "I am satisfied that the information given to us at the time of the mortgage application was accurate." Mandelson initially thought he could weather the press storm, but had to resign when it became clear that the Prime Minister thought nothing else would clear the air.
He was out of the Cabinet for ten months. In October 1999 he was appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, replacing Mo Mowlam. In his very first speech in the post he mistakenly referred to himself as the "Secretary of State for Ireland." During his tenure he oversaw the creation of the devolved legislative assembly and power-sharing executive, and reform of the police service.
On 24 January 2001 Mandelson resigned from the government for a second time, following accusations of using his position to influence a passport application. He had contacted Home Office minister Mike O'Brien on behalf of Srichand Hinduja, an Indian businessman who was seeking British citizenship, and whose family firm was to become the main sponsor of the "Faith Zone" in the Millennium Dome. At the time Hinduja and his brothers were under investigation by the Indian government for alleged involvement in the Bofors scandal. Mandelson insisted he had done nothing wrong and was exonerated by an independent inquiry by Sir Anthony Hammond, which concluded that neither Mandelson nor anyone else had acted improperly. The front page headline in The Independent read in part "Passport to Oblivion".
At the 2001 general election Mandelson was challenged by Arthur Scargill of the Socialist Labour Party and by John Booth, a former Labour Party press officer standing as "Genuine Labour", but Mandelson was re-elected with a large majority. This prompted him to make an exuberant acceptance speech, which was televised live, in which he declared that "I'm a fighter, not a quitter" and referred to his "inner steel".
Despite Labour success in the June 2001 general election, a third appointment to the cabinet did not happen and he indicated his interest in becoming the United Kingdom's European Commissioner when the new Commission was established in 2004. Both of Britain's Commissioners, Neil Kinnock and Chris Patten, were due to stand down. Appointment as a commissioner would require his resignation from parliament and therefore a by-election in his Hartlepool constituency. His appointment was announced in the summer and on 8 September 2004 Mandelson resigned his seat through appointment as Steward of the Manor of Northstead. Labour won the subsequent Hartlepool by-election with a much-reduced majority of 2,033 votes (equating to 40.7% of the vote). He was succeeded as MP for Hartlepool by Iain Wright.
During the 2009 expenses scandal The Daily Telegraph raised questions about the timing of Mandelson’s second home allowance claim, dating from 2004, saying, "Lord Mandelson billed the taxpayer for almost £3,000 of work on his constituency home in Hartlepool less than a week after announcing his decision to stand down as an MP." Mandelson said in a statement, "The work done was necessary maintenance. All claims made were reasonable and submitted consistent with parliamentary rules."
On 22 November 2004 Mandelson became Britain's European Commissioner, taking the trade portfolio.
On 22 April 2005 The Times revealed that Mandelson had spent the previous New Year's Eve on the yacht of Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, which was at the centre of a major EU investigation, although it did not allege impropriety.
During the summer of 2008 Mandelson had a widely-publicised disagreement with Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of France. Sarkozy accused him of trying to sell out European farmers and appeared to blame his handling of the Doha round of trade talks for the "no" vote in the Irish referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon. Mandelson said his position at world trade talks had been undermined and told the BBC he did not start the row, saying, "I stood up for myself, I'm not to be bullied." He said he believed the row was over but renewed his warnings on protectionism.
In 2008 Mandelson was hospitalised, suffering from a kidney stone. At this time, melamine added to milk in China had caused kidney stones and other ailments in thousands of Chinese children, killing at least six. Ironically, during the previous week Mandelson had drunk a glass of Chinese yoghurt in front of reporters in order to show his confidence in Chinese dairy products, although his own kidney stones were unrelated.
In October 2008 Mandelson was reported to have maintained private contacts over several years with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, most recently on holiday in August 2008 on Deripaska's yacht at Taverna Agni on the Greek island of Corfu. News of the contacts sparked criticism because, as European Union trade commissioner, Mandelson had been responsible for two decisions to cut aluminium tariffs that had benefited Deripaska's United Company RusAl. Mandelson denied that there had been a conflict of interest and insisted that he had never discussed aluminium tariffs with Deripaska. On 26 October 2008 the Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague claimed the "whole country" wanted "transparency" about Mandelson's previous meetings with Deripaska. In response, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Mandelson's dealings with Deripaska had been "found to be above board". Mandelson said that meeting business figures from "across the range" in emerging economies was part of his brief as EU trade commissioner. On 29 October 2008, while Mandelson was on a ministerial visit to Moscow, it was alleged in the British press that Valery Pechenkin, the head of security at Deripaska's company Basic Element, had organised a swift entry visa for Mandelson when he turned up in Moscow to visit Deripaska in 2005.
In October 2008 he left his post as Trade Commissioner to return to UK politics. As a former EU commissioner, Lord Mandelson is entitled to a £31,000 pension when he reaches the age of 65 years. This however is contingent on a "duty of loyalty to the Communities", which applies also after his term in office. The Taxpayers' Alliance, which uncovered the threat to his pension, demanded that he should declare the conflict of interest and either relinquish his EU pay cheques or resign as a minister. "When one considers that his new ministerial post deals specifically with business, enterprise and regulatory reform – all areas that are intimately involved with EU legislation, regulation and policy –" the group said, "the conflict of interest is even more stark." Mandelson did not agree that he had a conflict of interests. "He has always had a clear view of British interests and how they are secured by our EU membership," a spokesperson said.
Return to cabinet
On 3 October 2008, as part of Gordon Brown's cabinet reshuffle, it was announced amid some controversy that Mandelson would return to government in the re-drawn post of Business Secretary, and would be made a life peer and thus become a member of the House of Lords. On 13 October 2008 he was created Baron Mandelson, of Foy in the County of Herefordshire and of Hartlepool in the County of Durham, and was introduced in the House of Lords the same day.
Following his return to office, Mandelson supported the planned Heathrow expansion. On 6 March 2009, environmental protester Leila Deen of anti-aviation group Plane Stupid approached him outside a summit on the government's low carbon industrial strategy, and threw a cup of green custard in his face in protest over his support for a third runway at Heathrow Airport. The protester was cautioned on 9 April for causing "harassment, alarm or distress".
In a cabinet reshuffle on 5 June 2009 Mandelson was appointed to the honorific office of First Secretary of State, and to the position of Lord President of the Council. It was also announced that the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills would be merged into his, giving him the new title of Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and that he would continue as President of the Board of Trade.
Mandelson was a member of 35 of the 43 Cabinet committees and subcommittees.
In August 2009 Mandelson was widely reported to have ordered "technical measures" such as internet disconnection to be included in the draft of the Digital Economy Act 2010 after a "big lobbying operation", even though the Digital Britain report had rejected this type of punishment. The Independent reported that according to their Whitehall sources, Mandelson was persuaded that tough laws were needed to reduce online copyright infringement following an intensive lobbying campaign by influential people in the music and film industry. The paper also reported that this included a meeting with DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen at the Rothschild family villa on the Greek island of Corfu. Mandelson's spokesperson claimed that there had been no discussion of internet piracy during the Corfu dinner and suggested that the decision to reverse Lord Carter's findings had been taken in late July before the trip. The Times reported after the Corfu meeting that an unnamed Whitehall source had confirmed that before this trip, Mandelson had shown little personal interest in the Digital Britain agenda, which has been ongoing for several years. According to the source of The Times, Mandelson returned from holiday and effectively issued an edict that the regulation needed to be tougher.
In August 2011 a Freedom of Information (FOI) request showed that Mandelson had decided to approve the inclusion of technical measures, such as the disconnection of internet access, at least two months before public consultation had finished, and that he had shown little interest in the consultation. Letters from Mandelson's office document talks with Lucian Grainge, CEO of Universal Music Group on 2 June 2009, and that on the following day Mandelson advised Lord Carter about the "possibility of [the Secretary of State] having a power to direct Ofcom to go directly to introduce technical measures". Mandelson made the formal announcement that technical measures, including disconnection, were to be included in the Digital Economy Bill two months later on 7 August 2009.
An opinion poll conducted by the centre-left think tank Compass found in March 2009 that Mandelson was less disliked by party members than deputy party leader Harriet Harman. This was felt to be unusual as Mandelson "historically has been unpopular among Labour members". Tony Blair's assertion in 1996 that "my project will be complete when the Labour Party learns to love Peter Mandelson" was seen as prophetic in late September 2009 when Mandelson was enthusiastically received at the party conference in Brighton.
After the Labour Party failed to secure a majority in the 2010 general election and the subsequent resignation of the Labour government, Mandelson's memoirs, The Third Man: Life at the Heart of New Labour, were published in July 2010, a little over two months after leaving office. The memoirs were subsequently criticised by Labour leadership contenders Ed and David Miliband and Andy Burnham.
During this time he was appointed President of the international think tank Policy Network.
In November 2010 Lord Mandelson became chairman of Global Counsel LLP, a consultancy firm, with the financial support of WPP, the advertising giant. On 21 January 2011, it was announced by that Lord Mandelson would serve as a senior adviser to the advisory investment banking firm, Lazard.
In May 2011 it was revealed that there was speculation that Mandelson had been approached by China to be a candidate for the leadership of the International Monetary Fund, even though Mandelson cannot stand since he has not been a finance minister or led a central government bank. However, it was then speculated that Mandelson would stand to succeed Pascal Lamy as Director General of the World Trade Organization, and has the backing of David Cameron.
In May 2012 Lord Mandelson confirmed that he was advising Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) in selling timber products to Europe. In 2012 APP was accused of illegal logging in Indonesia and damaging the habitats of rare animals such as the Sumatran tiger. At least 67 companies worldwide, such as Tesco and Kraft Foods since 2004 and Danone since 2012 have boycotted APP.
On 27 June 2013, writing for the Progress website, Mandelson warned Labour it risked harming its election chances if affiliated trade unions continued to "manipulate parliamentary selections" as was alleged in the 2013 Labour Party Falkirk candidate selection controversy.
In April 2014 it was reported that Mandelson had strong ties to Russian arms conglomerate Sistema. The next month, it was reported by the same journalist that Mandelson would attend the 'Vanity Summit' of Vladimir Putin.
Tam Dalyell, while Father of the House of Commons, claimed Mandelson formed part of Blair's 'Jewish cabal' in May 2003. In response Mandelson said: "Apart from the fact that I am not actually Jewish, I wear my father's parentage with pride."
In 2011 he was guest of honour at Herbert Morrison Primary School in Vauxhall, South London. The school was hosting a special themed day in honour of Mandelson's grandfather, Herbert Morrison, after whom the school was named.
Links with Hull
In 2013 Mandelson was appointed to the post of High Steward of Hull. In this he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Herbert Morrison who was High Steward of Hull from 1956 to 1965. At the same time, former Tory MP Virginia Bottomley was appointed to the rejuvenated role of Sheriff of Hull.
Lord Prescott, who was MP for Hull East from 1970 to 2010, said he was surprised it had not been discussed with him. He also said: "I also have no interest in being a steward again - I did that job on the liners for 10 years."
In 2013 Hull had received permission from the Queen to reinstate the ancient posts of High Sheriff and High Steward, posts which had been abolished following the Local Government Act 1974. The council commissioned a new chain of office for the High Steward and refurbished the Sheriff's chain of office for the Sheriff. Funding for the chains came from money left to the council by Col Rupert Alexander Alec-Smith, who had been Sheriff of Hull between 1949 and 1950 and Lord Mayor of Hull in 1970 and 1971, as well as Lord Lieutenant of Humberside between 1980 and 1983.
The Office of High Steward was created in 1583 while the Office of Sheriff dates back to 1440. The High Steward serves for 10 years while the Sheriff serves for three. The city's first high steward was Sir Francis Walsingham, principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I. Other high stewards have included the Georgian-era prime minister Lord Rockingham, Hull businessman and MP Thomas Robinson Ferens as well as former Labour home secretary Herbert Morrison.
In the media
- BBC Four Storyville 2010, Mandelson: The Real PM?, directed by Hannah Rothschild, a fly on the wall documentary about Mandelson as Business Secretary in the run up to the 2010 general election.
- Mandelson was portrayed by Mark Gatiss in the 2015 Channel 4 drama Coalition.
- (with Roger Liddle) The Blair Revolution: Can New Labour Deliver? Faber, 1996 ISBN 978-0571178186 ; The Blair Revolution Revisited, (2nd ed), Politicos, 2002, ISBN 978-1842750391
- (contributor) The City in Europe and the World, European Research Forum at London Metropolitan University, 2006 ISBN 978-0954744816
- The Third Man: Life at the Heart of New Labour Harper Press, 2010 ISBN 978-0007395286
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- "Press Releas: Lord Mandelson to Serve as a Senior Adviser to Lazard" (PDF). Lazard, Ltd. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
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- Lord Mandelson confirms he is advising company accused of illegal logging Peer's consultancy works for paper and pulp multinational alleged to have chopped down protected trees Guardian 10 May 2012
- Yoghurt for forests! Danone drops Asia Pulp and Paper, plans zero deforestation policy Greenpeace 2 April 2012
- The Ramin Paper Trail Asia Pulp & Paper Under Investigation – Part 2 in short Greenpeace 1 March 2012
- No more Falkirks | Progress | News and debate from the progressive community
- Wintour, Patrick (27 June 2013). "Unite threatens Labour with legal action over Falkirk row". The Guardian (London).
- telegraph.co.uk: "Peter Mandelson refuses to defend links to Russian defence firm" 4 Apr 2014
- telegraph.co.uk: "Lord Mandelson to attend Putin's 'vanity summit'" 7 May 2014
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- Skelton, Charlie (19 May 2009). "Our man at Bilderberg". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 20 August 2009.
Mandelson's office has confirmed his attendance at this year's meeting: "Yes, Lord Mandelson attended Bilberberg. He found it a valuable conference."
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- BBC News - Lord Mandelson appointed to High Steward of Hull post
- "Storyville, 2010-2011, Mandelson: The Real PM?". BBC Four. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
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- Mandelson, Peter (1997): Labour's next steps Fabian Society
- Mandelson, Peter (2002): The Blair Revolution Revisited Politico's, ISBN 1-84275-039-9
- Mandelson, Peter (2010). The Third Man: Life at the Heart of New Labour. HarperPress. ISBN 978-0007395286.
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- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at PublicWhip.org
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou.com
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Articles authored at Journalisted
- Policy Network
- Profile: Peter Mandelson BBC News, 3 October 2008, 13 August 2004
- Peter Mandelson: Interview in full[dead link], PublicAffairsAsia.com, 18 August 2008, on sovereign wealth funds
- Peter Mandelson: Interview on New Statesman, 1 October 2008.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Social Democracy Observatory[dead link]
- Peter Mandelson at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Peter Mandelson in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Peter Mandelson collected news and commentary at The Guardian
- Peter Mandelson collected news and commentary at The New York Times
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|Minister without Portfolio
|Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
|Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
|European Commissioner for Trade
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