Alan Johnson

British politician (born 1950)

Alan Arthur Johnson (born 17 May 1950) is an English politician and former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was born and raised in London.[1] He has been the Member of Parliament for the Hull West and Hessle constituency in the East Riding of Yorkshire since the 1997 general election.

Alan Johnson

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Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
8 October 2010 – 20 January 2011
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byAlistair Darling
Succeeded byEd Balls
Shadow Home Secretary
In office
11 May 2010 – 8 October 2010
LeaderHarriet Harman
Ed Miliband
Preceded byChris Grayling
Succeeded byEd Balls
Home Secretary
In office
5 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byJacqui Smith
Succeeded byTheresa May
Secretary of State for Health
In office
28 June 2007 – 5 June 2009
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byPatricia Hewitt
Succeeded byAndy Burnham
Secretary of State for Education and Skills
In office
5 May 2006 – 28 June 2007
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byRuth Kelly
Succeeded byEd Balls (at CSF)
John Denham (at IUS)
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
In office
6 May 2005 – 5 May 2006
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byPatricia Hewitt
Succeeded byAlistair Darling
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
In office
8 September 2004 – 6 May 2005
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byAndrew Smith
Succeeded byDavid Blunkett
Member of Parliament
for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded byStuart Randall (Hull West)
Majority5,740 (18.2%)
Personal details
Born (1950-05-17) 17 May 1950 (age 74)
Paddington, London, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Judith Cox (divorced)
Laura Patient (m. 1991-present)

He is a member of the Labour Party.[2]

Johnson has been married twice. His first marriage was to Judith Elizabeth Cox. They had one son and two daughters.[1] After his divorce he married Laura Jane Patient in 1991. They had a son,[3] born in 2000.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Debrett's People of Today 2005 (18th ed.). Debrett's. 2005. p. 866. ISBN 1-870520-10-6.
  2. "NS profile: Alan Johnson". New Statesman. Retrieved 2006-08-20.
  3. Shipman, Tim (2007-12-08). "While Blair converts to Catholicism, only 8 Ministers say they believe in God". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  4. Greenstreet, Rosanna (24 October 2009). "Q&A: Alan Johnson | Life and style". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-02.