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John Whitaker "Jack" Straw is an English politician who served as the Member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1979 to 2015. Straw served in the Cabinet from 1997 to 2010 under the governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He held two of the traditional Great Offices of State, as Home Secretary from 1997 to 2001 and Foreign Secretary from 2001 to 2006 under Blair. From 2007 to 2010 he served as Lord Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Justice throughout Brown's Premiership. Straw is one of only three individuals to have served in Cabinet continuously under the Labour government from 1997 to 2010, the others being Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling.

The Right Honourable
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Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Shadow Lord Chancellor
In office
11 May 2010 – 8 October 2010
Leader Harriet Harman
Preceded by Dominic Grieve
Succeeded by Sadiq Khan
Shadow Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
11 May 2010 – 25 September 2010
Leader Harriet Harman
Preceded by William Hague
Succeeded by Harriet Harman
Secretary of State for Justice
Lord Chancellor
In office
28 June 2007 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by The Lord Falconer of Thoroton
Succeeded by Ken Clarke
Leader of the House of Commons
Lord Privy Seal
In office
5 May 2006 – 27 June 2007
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Deputy Nigel Griffiths
Paddy Tipping
Preceded by Geoff Hoon
Succeeded by Harriet Harman
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
8 June 2001 – 5 May 2006
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Robin Cook
Succeeded by Margaret Beckett
Home Secretary
In office
2 May 1997 – 8 June 2001
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Michael Howard
Succeeded by David Blunkett
Shadow Home Secretary
In office
20 October 1994 – 2 May 1997
Leader Tony Blair
Preceded by Tony Blair
Succeeded by Michael Howard
Shadow Minister for Local Government and Housing
In office
24 July 1992 – 20 October 1994
Leader John Smith
Margaret Beckett
Preceded by Eric Heffer
Succeeded by Position abolished
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Science
In office
13 July 1987 – 18 July 1992
Leader Neil Kinnock
Preceded by Giles Radice
Succeeded by Ann Taylor
Member of Parliament
for Blackburn
In office
3 May 1979 – 30 March 2015
Preceded by Barbara Castle
Succeeded by Kate Hollern
Personal details
Born John Whitaker Straw
(1946-08-03) 3 August 1946 (age 70)
Buckhurst Hill, England, UK
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Anthea Weston
Alice Perkins
Children 2 daughters
1 son (Will)
Alma mater University of Leeds
Inns of Court School of Law
Religion Anglicanism

John Whitaker "Jack" Straw (born 3 August 1946) is an English politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Blackburn from 1979 to 2015. Straw served in the Cabinet from 1997 to 2010 under the governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He held two of the traditional Great Offices of State, as Home Secretary from 1997 to 2001 and Foreign Secretary from 2001 to 2006 under Blair. From 2007 to 2010 he served as Lord Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Justice throughout Brown's Premiership. Straw is one of only three individuals to have served in Cabinet continuously under the Labour government from 1997 to 2010, the others being Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling.

After the Labour Party lost power in May 2010, Straw briefly served as Shadow Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Justice Secretary, with the intention to stand down from the frontbench after the subsequent 2010 Labour Shadow Cabinet election.

In February 2015 Channel 4 Dispatches and The Daily Telegraph accused Straw of impropriety following a meeting they set up with a fictitious Chinese company. Straw strongly denied the allegations and referred himself to Parliament’s Commissioner for Standards. In September 2015 the Commissioner for Standards dismissed all allegations that he had brought the House of Commons into disrepute and criticised Channel 4 and the Daily Telegraph’s conduct.