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Chris Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury

Personal data
Date of birth24 July 1951(age 65)
Place of birthBarnet, United Kingdom
Political partyLabour
Alma materPembroke College, Cambridge
Harvard University
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
In office2 May 1997 - 8 June 2001
Prime ministerTony Blair
Succeeded byTessa Jowell
Preceded byVirginia Bottomley (National Heritage)
Member of Parliament
for Islington South and Finsbury
In office9 June 1983 - 5 May 2005
Succeeded byEmily Thornberry
Preceded byGeorge Cunningham

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Christopher "Chris" Robert Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury PC (born 24 July 1951) is a British Labour Party politician, and a former Member of Parliament (MP) and Cabinet Minister. He was the first openly gay British MP, coming out in 1984 and, in 2005, the first MP to acknowledge that he is HIV positive.


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