Hewitt, Patricia

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Name
Hewitt, Patricia Gender: F
Patricia Hope Hewitt
born on 2 December 1948 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )
Place Canberra, Australia, 35s17, 149e08
Timezone AEST h10e (is standard time)
Data source
Accuracy in question
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 10°12' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 00°57 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 07°00'



Patricia Hewitt

Biography

Australian-born British Labour politician, who served in the Cabinet until 2007, most recently as Secretary of State for Health.

Hewitt's political career began in the 1970s as a high-profile left-winger and supporter of Tony Benn, even being classified by MI5 as an alleged communist sympathiser. After nine years as General Secretary of the National Council for Civil Liberties, she became press secretary to Neil Kinnock, whom she assisted in the modernisation of the Labour Party. In 1997, she became the first female MP for Leicester West, a safe Labour seat, which she represented for thirteen years.

In 2001, she joined Blair's cabinet as President of the Board of Trade and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, before becoming Health Secretary in 2005. During her tenure, the ban on smoking in public places became legally enforceable.

In March 2010, Hewitt was suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party over the question of political lobbying irregularities, alleged by the Channel 4 Dispatches programme.

She is the daughter of Sir Lenox Hewitt (b. 1917), a leading civil servant (Secretary of the Australian Prime Minister's Department, and later chairman of Qantas), and Lady (Hope) Hewitt (1915–2011).

Hewitt has married twice and has two children.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "'War on terrorism could be lost here': Oliver Morgan and Galoy Hinsliff ask the DTT's Patricia Hewitt what the UK hopes-and fears" by Oliver Morgan, The Observer (London (UK)), 4 Nov 2001, p. 38: "On the night she was born Patricia Hewitt's father was not at his wife's bedside. According to [Hewitt]... [he] was in Canberra ratifying measures he had negotiated to try to start an international initiative on free trade." A time of 9pm is speculative.

Categories

  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political (Left wing)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ feminist
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Labour)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (Secretary of State for Health, etc)