Ruth Kelly

Former Labour MP for Bolton West

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Former Labour MP for Bolton West

Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election


Topics of interest

  • Treasury
  • Justice
  • Children
  • Schools and Families
  • Children in Care: Child Trust Fund
  • Child Trust Fund: Children in Care

Other offices held in the past

  • Secretary of State, Department for Transport (28 Jun 2007 to 6 Oct 2008)
  • Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (8 May 2006 to 28 Jun 2007)
  • Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (16 Dec 2004 to 8 May 2006)
  • Minister of State, Cabinet Office (10 Sep 2004 to 16 Dec 2004)
  • Member, Public Accounts Committee (28 May 2004 to 19 Oct 2004)
  • Financial Secretary, HM Treasury (29 May 2002 to 10 Sep 2004)
  • Economic Secretary, HM Treasury (11 Jun 2001 to 29 May 2002)

Previous MPs in this constituency

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Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 12 Apr 2010.


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