Kevin Brennan (politician)
|Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills|
25 September 2015 – 28 June 2016
|Preceded by||Stephen Doughty|
|Shadow Minister for Schools|
11 October 2010 – 25 September 2015
|Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs|
11 May 2010 – 11 October 2010
|Minister of State for Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs|
8 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
|Prime Minister||Gordon Brown|
|Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet 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
7 June 2001
|Preceded by||Rhodri Morgan|
16 October 1959 |
Cwmbran, Monmouthshire, Wales
|Spouse(s)||Amy Lynn Wack (m. 1988–present); 1 child|
|Alma mater||Pembroke College, Oxford, Cardiff University, University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales)|
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.
He was Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills until he resigned on 28 June 2016.
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 (now the University of South Wales) in 1992.
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.
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. In 2002 he appeared in the House of Commons without a tie, as he favours a less formal dress code.
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.
Brennan was made Shadow Minister for Trade, Investment, and Intellectual Property by Jeremy Corbyn in September 2015, with responsibility for, among others, low carbon business sectors, manufacturing, construction, trade, and intellectual property. He resigned from this position on 28 June 2016, following a motion of no confidence in Corbyn which was passed overwhelmingly by Labour MPs.
Brennan has been married to Amy Lynn Wack since 1988; the couple have 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.
- Ministerial Responsibilities dbis.gov.uk
- "New Shadow Ministerial role for Cardiff West MP". 25 September 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
- Biography kevinbrennan.co.uk
- Kevin Brennan MP official constituency website
- Profile at the Welsh Labour Party
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Kevin Brennan (politician)'s channel on YouTube
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Cardiff West
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
The Lady Morgan
|Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office
|Minister of State for Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs at the Department for Education & the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
John Henry Hayes & Edward Davey