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New Welsh Secretary is University of Sussex graduate

* 25 October 2002 *

New Welsh Secretary is University of Sussex graduate

Sussex graduate Peter Hain MP has become Secretary of State for Wales in the Cabinet reshuffle.

Peter Hain first rose to prominence as part of the anti-apartheid movement's high-profile protest against the South African rugby tour in 1970. He completed an MPhil in Politics at the University of Sussex in 1980. His younger son is also a Sussex graduate.

Elected MP for Neath, south Wales, in April 1991, Mr Hain was a foreign affairs whip between 1995 and 1997 and shadow employment minister from 1996 to 1997.

After the 1997 election, he joined the Welsh Office before going on to the Foreign Office and the Department of Trade and Industry. Mr Hain became minister for Europe after Labour's election victory in 2001 and he will continue his work on the future of the European Union in his new post.

Peter Hain is one of 12 Sussex graduates who are MPs. The others are Hilary Benn (Leeds Central), Roger Berry (Kingswood), Peter Bradley (The Wrekin), Ben Bradshaw (Exeter), Peter Hain (Neath), David Lepper (Brighton Pavilion), Dan Norris (Wansdyke), Chris Pond (Gravesham), Martin Salter (Reading West), Tony Baldry (Banbury), Michael Fabricant (Lichfield) and Andrew George (St Ives).

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