28/06/2007

Woodward new NI Secretary of State

Shaun Woodward has been named as the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

He will replace Peter Hain, who has been announced as the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Prior to his appointment as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Woodward was Parliamentray Under Secretary at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

He was elected as a Member of Parliament for the St Helens South constituency in 2001. Since then he has held the posts of Minister for Creative Industries and Tourism and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

He was also a member of the Parliamentary Joint Commons and Lords Committee of Human Rights from 2001 to 2005, and was formerly a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and European Scrutiny Select Committee.

Peter Hain had hoped to win the battle to become Deputy Labour leader, however he lost out to Harriet Harman.

Lord Ashdown confirmed last week that he had been offered the post, but he turned it down.

(JM)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

11 March 2020
New Belfast-Liverpool Ferry Launches
In a week full of bad news for NI-UK connectivity, Stena Line has set out to redefine ferry travel on the Irish Sea with a new state-of-the-art ship. The biggest ferry to ever sail the Belfast to Liverpool route, the Stena Edda embarked on its maiden voyage from Merseyside to Belfast on Monday evening.
10 March 2020
Covid-19: Four New NI Cases
Four new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland. The Department of Health said the presumed positive cases are all adults. One individual had recently travelled from northern Italy while three others can be traced to previously reported cases of those who recently visited the region.
12 March 2020
Budget: Extra £210m For NI Public Services
Business and political leaders have been giving their reactions to the Budget, with an extra £210 million allocated for public services in Northern Ireland. The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, yesterday pledged a £12 billion package of measures aimed at tackling the spread of coronavirus across the UK.
08 June 2004
Secretary of State hosts reception for 9/11 delegation
Secretary of State Paul Murphy has hosted a reception at Hillsborough Castle for emergency and health personnel from New York who dealt with the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. The delegation is visiting Northern Ireland this week at the invitation of the NI Centre for Trauma and Transformation in Omagh.
11 February 2010
Unionist Blasts Woodward's 'Neutrality'
Labour's 'neutrality' towards the Union will bolster the Ulster Unionist-Tory joint ticket at the ballot box, a UUP Assemblyman has claimed. Tom Elliott (pictured) criticised Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward's "neutral broker" status during the Hillsborough negotiations, claiming it could jeopardise the UUP's support for the accord.