Jonathan Shaw (politician)

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Jonathan Shaw
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for (Disabled People) Work and Pensions
In office
5 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Anne McGuire
Succeeded by Maria Miller
Member of Parliament
for Chatham and Aylesford
In office
1 May 1997 – 12 April 2010
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Tracey Crouch
Personal details
Born (1966-06-03) 3 June 1966 (age 51)
Chatham, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Residence Snodland, England, UK

Jonathan Rowland Shaw (born 3 June 1966) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Chatham and Aylesford from 1997 to 2010. He also served in the Government as the Minister for Disabled People from 2008 to 2010. He is currently the CEO of Policy Connect.[1]

Early life[edit]

Shaw was educated at Vinters Boys' School, West Kent College and Bromley College.[2]

Parliamentary career[edit]

A former member of Rochester-upon-Medway City Council, Shaw was first elected to the House of Commons during the 1997 national swing to Labour with a majority of 2,790. He was re-elected in 2001 with a majority of 4,340 and again in 2005 with a majority of 2,332.

Shaw was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ruth Kelly as Secretary of State for Education and Skills in 2005-06. He was also an Assistant Government Whip in 2006-07, prior to before joining The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as Minister for Fisheries.

Shaw served as a member of the Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee (1997–2001), and the Education and Skills Select Committee (2001–05). In July 2007, Shaw was appointed Minister for the South East of England.

At a government reshuffle in October 2008, Shaw was moved to the DWP, becoming a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Minister for Disabled People, replacing Anne McGuire,[3] while retaining his position as Minister for the South East.

Shaw lost his seat in the 2010 general election. On the BBC Politics Show South East in July 2010, he said that he had withdrawn from public life. Shaw is now the Chief Executive of Policy Connect, an independent, cross-party not-for-profit social enterprise with two decades in policy work.


  1. ^ "Our team | Policy Connect". Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  2. ^ Guardian article
  3. ^ community care website Archived 10 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Chatham and Aylesford
Succeeded by
Tracey Crouch
Political offices
Preceded by
Anne McGuire
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for (Disabled People) Work and Pensions

Succeeded by
Maria Miller