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Third Blair ministry
The third Blair ministry lasted from May 2005 to June 2007. The election on 5 May 2005 saw Labour win a historic third successive term in power, though their majority now stood at 66 seats – compared to 167 four years earlier – and they failed to gain any new seats. Blair had already declared that the new term in parliament would be his last.
Third Blair ministry
2005–2007

Blair in 2005
Date formed6 May 2005
Date dissolved27 June 2007
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Prime Minister's history1997–2007
Deputy Prime MinisterJohn Prescott
Member party
Status in legislatureMajority
354 / 646 (55%)
Opposition cabinet
Opposition party
Opposition leader
History
Election(s)2005 general election
Legislature term(s)54th UK Parliament
Budget(s)
PredecessorSecond Blair ministry
SuccessorBrown ministry
Cabinet
PortfolioMinisterTerm
Cabinet ministers
Prime Minister
First Lord of the Treasury
Minister for the Civil Service
Tony Blair MP1997–2007
Deputy Prime Minister
First Secretary of State
John PrescottMP1997–2007
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Second Lord of the Treasury
Gordon BrownMP1997–2007
Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain
Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs 2003–May 2007
Secretary of State for Justice May–June 2007
The Lord Falconer of Thoroton PCQC2003–2007
Secretary of State for the Home DepartmentCharles ClarkeMP2004–2006
John Reid MP2006–2007
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth AffairsJack Straw MP2001–2006
Margaret Beckett MP2006–2007
Leader of the House of Commons
Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal
Geoff Hoon MP2005–2006
Jack Straw MP2006–2007
Leader of the House of Lords
Lord President of the Council
The Baroness Amos PC2003–2007
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Minister for the Olympics
Tessa JowellMP2001–2007
Secretary of State for DefenceJohn Reid MP2005–2006
Des BrowneMP2006–2008
Secretary of State for Education and SkillsRuth Kelly MP2004–2006
Alan JohnsonMP2006–2007
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural AffairsMargaret Beckett MP2001–2006
David MilibandMP2006–2007
Secretary of State for HealthPatricia HewittMP2005–2007
Secretary of State for International DevelopmentHilary Benn MP2003–2007
Secretary of State for Northern IrelandPeter Hain MP2002–2008
Secretary of State for WalesPeter Hain MP2005–2007
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
President of the Board of Trade
Alan JohnsonMP2005–2006
Alistair DarlingMP2006–2007
Secretary of State for Transport
Secretary of State for Scotland
Alistair DarlingMP2003–2006
Douglas Alexander MP2006–2007
Secretary of State for Work and PensionsDavid BlunkettMP2005
John HuttonMP2005–2007
Secretary of State for Communities and Local GovernmentDavid MilibandMP (Minister of State)2005–2006
Ruth Kelly MP2006–2007
Minister for the Cabinet Office
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
John Hutton MP2005
Jim Murphy MP (Acting)2005–2006
Hilary Armstrong MP2006–2007
Chief Secretary to the TreasuryDes Browne MP2005–2006
Stephen Timms MP2006–2007
Minister Without Portfolio
Chair of the Labour Party
Ian McCartneyMP2003–2006
Hazel BlearsMP2006–2007
Also attending cabinet meetings
Chief Whip
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
Hilary Armstrong MP2001–2006
Jacqui SmithMP2006–2007
Changes
Further information: 2006 British cabinet reshuffle
List of ministers
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Members of the Cabinet are in bold face.
Prime Minister, the Cabinet Office and non-Departmental ministers
Cabinet Office
Tony BlairMay 2005 – June 2007
John PrescottMay 2005 – June 2007
John HuttonMay 2005 – November 2005
Jim Murphy (acting)November 2005 – May 2006
Hilary ArmstrongMay 2006 – June 2007
Ian McCartneyMay 2005 - May 2006
Hazel BlearsMay 2006 - June 2007
The Lord Falconer of ThorotonMay 2005 – June 2007
Jim MurphyMay 2005 - May 2006
Pat McFaddenMay 2006 - June 2007
Ed MilibandMay 2006 - June 2007
Departments of state
Treasury
Chancellor of the ExchequerGordon BrownMay 2005 – June 2007
Chief Secretary to the TreasuryDes BrowneMay 2005 – May 2006
Stephen TimmsMay 2006 – June 2007
Paymaster GeneralDawn PrimaroloMay 2005 – June 2007
Financial Secretary to the TreasuryJohn HealeyMay 2005 – June 2007
Economic Secretary to the TreasuryIvan LewisMay 2005 – May 2006
Ed BallsMay 2006 – June 2007
Foreign Office
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth AffairsJack StrawMay 2005 – May 2006
Margaret BeckettMay 2006 – June 2007
Minister of State for the Middle EastKim HowellsMay 2005 – June 2007
Minister of State for EuropeDouglas AlexanderMay 2005 – May 2006
Geoff HoonMay 2006 – June 2007
Minister for TradeIan Pearson (jointly with Trade & Industry)May 2005 - May 2006
Ian McCartney (jointly with Trade & Industry)May 2006 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under SecretaryLord TriesmanMay 2005 - June 2007
Home Office
Home SecretaryCharles ClarkeMay 2005 – May 2006
John ReidMay 2006 – June 2007
Minister of State for Security, Policing and Community SafetyHazel BlearsMay 2005 – May 2006
Tony McNultyMay 2006 – June 2007
Minister of State for ImmigrationTony McNultyMay 2005 – May 2006
Liam ByrneMay 2006 – June 2007
Minister for Criminal Justice & Offender ManagementBaroness Scotland of AsthalMay 2005 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Correctional Services and Reducing Re-offendingPaul GogginsMay 2005 - May 2006
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Race Equality, Community Policy and Civil RenewalFiona MacTaggartMay 2005 - May 2006
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Anti-Drugs Co-ordination and Organised and International CrimeAndy BurnhamMay 2005 - May 2006
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Nationality, Citizenship and ImmigrationJoan RyanMay 2006 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Drugs and Crime Reduction)Vernon CoakerMay 2006 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prisons and Probation ServicesGerry SutcliffeMay 2006 - June 2007
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural AffairsMargaret BeckettMay 2005 – May 2006
David MilibandMay 2006 – June 2007
Minister of State for Climate Change and EnvironmentElliot MorleyMay 2005 – May 2006
Ian PearsonJune 2006 – June 2007
Minister of State for Local Environment, Marine and Animal WelfareBen BradshawNovember 2006 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Local Environment, Marine and Animal WelfareBen BradshawMay 2005 - November 2006
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs, Landscape and BiodiversityJim KnightMay 2005 - May 2006
Barry GardinerMay 2006 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sustainable Farming and FoodLord BachMay 2005 - May 2006
Lord RookerMay 2006 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (jointly with Constitutional Affairs)Baroness Ashton of UphollandMay 2006 - June 2007
Defence
Secretary of State for DefenceJohn ReidMay 2005 – May 2006
Des BrowneMay 2006 – June 2007
Minister of State for the Armed ForcesAdam IngramMay 2005 – June 2007
Minister for Defence ProcurementThe Lord DraysonMay 2005 – June 2007
Minister for VeteransDon TouhigMay 2005 - May 2006
Tom WatsonMay 2006 - September 2006
Derek TwiggSeptember 2006 - June 2007
Department for Education
Secretary of State for Education and SkillsRuth KellyMay 2005 – May 2006
Alan JohnsonMay 2006 – June 2007
Minister of State for Schools and LearnersJacqui SmithMay 2005 – May 2006
Jim KnightMay 2006 – June 2007
Minister of State for Higher EducationBill RammellMay 2005 – June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and FamiliesMaria EagleMay 2005 – May 2006
Parmjit DhandaMay 2006 - June 2007
Minister for Children (United Kingdom)Beverley HughesMay 2005 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for SkillsPhil HopeMay 2005 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for SchoolsLord AdonisMay 2005 - June 2007
Health
Secretary of State for HealthPatricia HewittMay 2005 – June 2007
Minister of State for HealthJane KennedyMay 2005 – May 2006
Andy BurnhamMay 2006 – June 2007
Minister of State for Health ServicesRosie WintertonMay 2005- June 2007
Minister for Publiic HealthCaroline FlintMay 2005 – June 2007
Minister of State for NHS DeliveryLord WarnerMay 2005 - January 2007
Lord Hunt of Kings HeathJanuary 2007 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Care ServicesLiam ByrneMay 2005 - May 2006
Ivan LewisMay 2006 - June 2007
Work and Pensions
Secretary of State for Work and PensionsDavid BlunkettMay 2005 – November 2005
John HuttonNovember 2005 – June 2007
Minister of State for PensionsStephen TimmsMay 2005 – May 2006
James PurnellMay 2006 – June 2007
Minister of State for Employment & Welfare ReformMargaret HodgeMay 2005 - May 2006
Jim MurphyMay 2006 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled PeopleAnne McGuireMay 2005 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of StateJames PlaskittMay 2005 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of StateLord Hunt of Kings HeathMay 2005 - January 2007
Lord McKenzie of LutonJanuary 2007 - June 2007
Culture, Media and Sport
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and SportTessa Jowell (also Minister for Women May 2005 -May 2006)May 2005 – 28 June 2007
Minister of State for Culture (Arts & Heritage)David LammyMay 2005 – June 2007
Minister for Sport and OlympicsRichard CabornMay 2005 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Creative Industries & TourismJames PurnellMay 2005 - May 2006
Shaun WoodwardMay 2006 - June 2007
Transport
Secretary of State for TransportAlistair DarlingMay 2005 – May 2006
Douglas AlexanderMay 2006 – June 2007
Minister of State for TransportStephen LadymanMay 2005 – June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of StateKaren BuckMay 2005 - March 2006
Gillian MerronMay 2006 - June 2007
Derek TwiggMay 2005 - September 2006
Tom HarrisSeptember 2006 - June 2007
International Development
Secretary of State for International DevelopmentHilary BennMay 2005 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of StateGareth ThomasMay 2005 - June 2007
Communities and Local Government (from May 2006)
Secretary of State for Communities and Local GovernmentRuth Kelly (also Minister for Women)May 2006 - June 2007
Minister of State for Housing and PlanningYvette CooperMay 2006 - June 2007
Minister of StatePhil WoolasMay 2006 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Fire ServivesBaroness Smith of BasildonMay 2006 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women & EqualitiesMeg MunnMay 2006 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of StateBaroness AndrewsMay 2006 - June 2007
Department for Constitutional Affairs
Secretary of State for Constitutional AffairsLord Falconer of ThorotonMay 2005 - May 2007
Minister of StateHarriet HarmanMay 2005 - May 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of StateBridget PrenticeMay 2005 - May 2007
Baroness Ashton of Upholland (jointly with DEFRA from May 2006)May 2005 - May 2007
Vera BairdMay 2006 - May 2007
Justice
Secretary of State for JusticeLord Falconer of ThorotonMay 2007 - June 2007
Minister of StateHarriet HarmanMay 2007 - June 2007
David HansonMay 2007 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of StateBaroness Ashton of UphollandMay 2007 - June 2007
Gerry SutcliffeMay 2007 - June 2007
Bridget PrenticeMay 2007 - June 2007
Vera BairdMay 2007 - June 2007
Department for Trade and Industry
Secretary of State for Trade and IndustryPresident of the Board of TradeAlan JohnsonMay 2005 - May 2006
Alistair DarlingMay 2006 - June 2007
Minister of State for EnergyMalcolm WicksMay 2005 - November 2006
Minister of State for Science & InnovationMalcolm WicksNovember 2006 - June 2007
Minister of State for Industry & the RegionsAlun MichaelMay 2005 - May 2006
Margaret HodgeMay 2006 - June 2007
Minister of State for TradeIan Pearson (jointly with FCO)May 2005 - May 2006
Ian McCartney (jointly with FCO)May 2006 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Science & InnovationLord Sainsbury of TurvilleMay 2005 - November 2006
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for EnergyLord TruscottNovember 2006 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations & Consumer AffairsGerry SutcliffeMay 2005 - May 2006
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for CompetitivenessBarry GardinerMay 2005 - May 2006
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women & EqualityMeg MunnMay 2005 - May 2006
Minister for LondonJim FitzpatrickMay 2006 - June 2007
Northern Ireland Office
Secretary of State for Northern IrelandPeter HainMay 2005 - June 2007
Minister of StateDavid HansonMay 2005 - May 2007
Paul GogginsMay 2007 - June 2007
Lord RookerMay 2005 - May 2006
Parliamentary Under Secretary of StateShaun WoodwardMay 2005 - May 2006
Baroness Smith of BasildonMay 2005 - May 2006
Maria EagleMay 2006 - June 2007
Paul GogginsMay 2006 - May 2007
David Cairns (jointly with Scotland Office)May 2006 - May 2007
Scotland Office
Secretary of State for ScotlandAlistair DarlingMay 2005 - May 2006
Douglas AlexanderMay 2006 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of StateDavid Cairns (jointly with Northern Ireland Office May 2006 - May 2007)May 2005 - June 2007
Wales Office
Secretary of State for WalesPeter HainMay 2005 - June 2007
Parliamentary Under Secretary of StateNick AingerMay 2005 - June 2007
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Deputy Prime Minister, Secretary of State for Local Government and the Regions, First Secretary of StateJohn PrescottMay 2005 - May 2006
Minister for Housing and PlanningYvette CooperMay 2005 - May 2006
Minister of State for Local GovernmentPhil WoolasMay 2005 - May 2006
Minister of State for Communities and Local GovernmentDavid MilibandMay 2005 - May 2006
Parliamentary Under Secretary of StateBaroness AndrewsMay 2005 - May 2006
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Minister for LondonJim FitzpatrickMay 2005 - May 2006
Law officers
Law Officers
Attorney General for England and WalesThe Lord GoldsmithMay 2005 – June 2007
Solicitor General for England and WalesMike O'BrienMay 2005 – June 2007
Advocate General for ScotlandBaroness Clark of CaltonMay 2005 - January 2006
Lord Davidson of Glen CovaMarch 2006 - June 2007
Parliament
Parliament
Geoff HoonMay 2005 – May 2006
Jack StrawMay 2006 – June 2007
Deputy Leader of the House of CommonsNigel GriffithsMay 2005 - March 2007
Paddy TippingMarch 2007 - June 2007
The Baroness AmosMay 2005 – June 2007
Deputy Leader of the House of LordsBaroness Symons of Vernham DeanMay 2005 - June 2005
Lord RookerJune 2005 - June 2007
Whips
Whips
Hilary ArmstrongMay 2005 – May 2006
Jacqui SmithMay 2006 – June 2007
Treasurer of HM Household
Deputy chief Whip
Bob AinsworthMay 2005 - June 2007
Comptroller of HM Household
Whip
Thomas McAvoyMay 2005 - June 2007
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
Whip
John HeppellMay 2005 - June 2007
Junior Lords of the Treasury
Whips
Joan RyanMay 2005 - May 2006
Gillian MerronMay 2005 - May 2006
Vernon CoakerMay 2005 - May 2006
Tom WatsonMay 2005 - May 2006
David WattsMay 2005 - June 2007
Alan CampbellMay 2006 - June 2007
Kevin BrennanMay 2006 - June 2007
Claire WardMay 2006 - June 2007
Frank RoyMay 2006 - June 2007
Assistant WhipsFrank RoyMay 2005 - May 2006
Ian CawseyMay 2005 - June 2007
Alan CampbellMay 2005 - May 2006
Claire WardMay 2005 - May 2006
Parmjit DhandaMay 2005 - May 2006
Tony CunninghamMay 2005 - June 2007
Kevin BrennanMay 2005 - May 2006
Steve McCabeMay 2006 - June 2007
Liz BlackmanMay 2006 - June 2007
Huw Irranca-DaviesMay 2006 - June 2007
Jonathan ShawMay 2006 - June 2007
Michael Foster (Worcester MP)May 2006 - June 2007
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms
Chief Whip
Lord GrocottMay 2005 - June 2007
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
Deputy Chief Whip
Lord Davies of OldhamMay 2005 - June 2007
Lords and Baronesses-in-waiting
Whips
Baroness Farrington of RibbletonMay 2005 - June 2007
Lord Bassam of BrightonMay 2005 - June 2007
Baroness CrawleyMay 2005 - June 2007
Lord Evans of Temple GuitingMay 2005 - June 2007
Lord McKenzie of LutonMay 2005 - January 2007
Baroness Morgan of DrefelinJanuary 2007 - June 2007
Baroness Royall of BlaisdonMay 2005 - June 2007
References
General
External links
"Ministerial Departures since 1997 – Parliamentary Information List" (PDF). House of Commons Library. 24 February 2009.
Preceded by
Second Blair ministry
Government of the United Kingdom
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Brown ministry
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