Lord Smith of Finsbury

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Non-affiliated Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 18 July 2005

Previously MP for Islington South and Finsbury until 11 April 2005 — did not stand for re-election

Positions held at time of appointment: Member of Parliament for Islington South and Finsbury, 1983-2005. Opposition spokesman on treasury and economic affairs, 1987-1992; Principal Opposition spokesman on environmental protection, 1992-1994; on national heritage, 1994-1995; on social security, 1995-1996; on health, 1996-1997; Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 1997-2001. (from Number 10 press release)

Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 1983 — General election

Party was Labour until 11 Jul 2008

Also represented Islington South and Finsbury

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Other offices held in the past

  • The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (22 Jul 1997 to 8 Jun 2001)
  • Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media & Sport (3 May 1997 to 8 Jun 2001)
  • Secretary of State for National Heritage (3 May 1997 to 22 Jul 1997)
  • Shadow Secretary of State (1 Jul 1996 to 1 May 1997)
  • Shadow Secretary of State (1 Jul 1995 to 1 Jul 1996)
  • Shadow Secretary of State (1 Jul 1994 to 1 Jul 1995)
  • Shadow Secretary of State (11 Apr 1992 to 1 Jul 1994)
  • Member, Environment Committee (9 Jun 1983 to 15 May 1987)

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 11 Apr 2005.

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Chairman of Classic FM Consumers' Panel, conveying views of listeners to the Board, and ensuring the station keeps to its annual promise of performance.
Adviser to the Walt Disney Company Ltd, providing guidance in relation to film and television and other media and communications regulatory matters. (£25,001-£30,000)
Visiting Professor of Culture and the Creative Industries, at the University of the Arts London (formerly the London Institute).
Remuneration from writing, broadcasting or lecturing in 2003-4 from: Financial Times (Up to £5,000), Samphire Productions (£5,001-£10,000), Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (Up to £5,000), TBWA (London) (Up to £5,000), Guardian Media Group (Up to £5,000), Tenon Conferences (Up to £5,000), Evening Standard (Up to £5,000), Mail on Sunday (Up to £5,000) and in 2004-5 from: Aurelia London (Up to £5,000)
Director of the Clore Programme for Cultural Leadership.
Adviser to the Music Performers-PPL Alliance. (£15,001-£20,000)
Chairman of Sub-Committee of Digital Radio Development Board producing a report on digital radio switchover for the DRDB. (£10,001-£15,000)
Chairman of London Cultural Consortium.
Chairman of Judges for 2004 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
5. Gifts, benefits and hospitality (UK)
As a board member of the Royal National Theatre, I receive tickets for productions at the theatre; the cumulative value of these in some years may by a small margin exceed the specified amount.
6. Overseas visits
24-28 March 2004, to Salzburg, for seminar on cultural organisations in transition in Central and Eastern Europe, financed by The Salzburg Seminar. (Registered 16 April 2004)
14-17 June 2004, to Los Angeles, USA, for seminar on cultural leadership, financed by the Getty Foundation. (Registered 20 May 2004)
5-7 November 2004, to Madrid, for the British-Spanish Tertulias, financed by the Tertulias. (Registered 19 November 2004)
21-22 January 2005, to Como, Italy, for the Fondazione Antonio Ratti, financed by them. (Registered 4 February 2005)
10. Miscellaneous and unremunerated interests
I have received 1000 shares in Cabinet UK Ltd, as an adviser to the Company; this represents 2.65% of the total share value.

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