Andrew Adonis, Baron Adonis

Andrew Adonis, Baron Adonis

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Andrew Adonis, Baron Adonis (born Andreas Adonis, 22 February 1963) is a British academic, journalist, Labour Party politician and life peer, who was Secretary of State for Transport between 2009-2010.

He was first appointed to the Labour Government following the 2005 general election, as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

He previously served, under the Premiership of Tony Blair, as an education and constitution policy advisor at the Number 10 Policy Unit from 1998 to 2005, heading it from 2001 to 2003. Before joining the government, Adonis was an academic at the University of Oxford, then a journalist at the Financial Times and The Observer.

Adonis is author or co-author of several books, including on studies of the English class system; the rise and fall of the poll tax; and the Victorian House of Lords, and has co-edited a collection of essays on Roy Jenkins. He was educated at Kingham Hill school and at Keble and Nuffield Colleges, Oxford. He is married with a son and daughter.

Early life

Adonis is the son of an immigrant Greek Cypriot father Nicos, a commis waiter, and an English mother.<ref...
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