Chris Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury

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Christopher Robert Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury, PC (born 24 July 1951) is a British politician and a peer; a former Member of Parliament (MP) and Cabinet Minister; and former chairman of the Environment Agency. For the majority of his career he was a Labour Party member. He was the first openly gay male British MP, coming out in 1984, and in 2005, the first MP to acknowledge that he is HIV positive.[2][3] Since 2015 he has been Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge.

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Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport[lower-alpha 1]
In office
2 May 1997  8 June 2001
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byVirginia Bottomley
Succeeded byTessa Jowell
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed life peerage
18 July 2005
Member of Parliament
for Islington South and Finsbury
In office
9 June 1983  11 April 2005
Preceded byGeorge Cunningham
Succeeded byEmily Thornberry
Shadow cabinet portfolios
1994–1995National Heritage
1995–1996Social Security
Personal details
Born (1951-07-24) 24 July 1951 (age 72)
Barnet, United Kingdom
Political partyIndependent (2008–present)[1]
Labour (1979–2008)
Domestic partner(s)Dorian Jabri
Alma materPembroke College, Cambridge (BA, PhD)
Harvard University (K.Sch)
WebsiteOfficial website