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Des Browne

Chair of the ELN, Vice Chairman of the NTI, Convener of the TLG and former UK Defence Secretary

Rt. Hon. Lord Browne of Ladyton (Des Browne) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock and Loudoun from 1997 to 2010.

As a back-bencher, he served on the Northern Ireland Affairs and Public Administration Select Committees. In 1998, he became the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Donald Dewar, Secretary of State for Scotland. In 2000, he became PPS to Adam Ingram, Minister of State for Northern Ireland. Subsequently, he served on the first Joint Committee on Human Rights.

In 2001, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. In 2003, Browne was promoted to Minister of State for Work at the Department for Work & Pensions and in 2004, he was appointed Minister for Immigration & Citizenship in the Home Office. Re-elected in 2005, he joined the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and was appointed to the Privy Council.

In 2006, he was appointed Secretary of State for Defence and from 2007-2008 he combined this role with the role of Secretary of State for Scotland. In October 2008, he returned to the back-benches and was appointed Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Special Envoy to Sri Lanka. He also served on the first Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy.

From October 2009 until March, 2014, he was Convenor of the Top Level Group of Parliamentarians for Multi-Lateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation. He co-founded the European Leadership Network and has been the Chair of its Board of Trustees and Directors since its inception In July 2010 he was introduced to the House of Lords.

In 2014, NTI announced Browne’s new role as NTI’s Vice Chairman. In this role, he will help shape NTI’s strategic direction, including long-term planning and international outreach.

Content by Des Browne

Commentary

What the West Can and Should Do For Ukraine

Ian Kearns, Steve Andreasen and Des Browne argue that short term efforts to arm Ukraine to the point where it can fight Russia will fail. What is needed now, they argue, is a strategy that ensures both Ukraine, and the system of international relations established in Europe in recent decades, can survive and prosper in the long-term.

18 February 2015 | Ian Kearns, Steve Andreasen and Des Browne
Euro-Atlantic Security