FORA.tv Speaker - Peter Mandelson
Peter Mandelson was born in Britain in 1953.
He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Catherine's College, Oxford. As a young man he lived in Tanzania for a year, an experience which formed life-long impressions of Africa and the challenges of fighting poverty. A life-long pro-European, he led the British delegation to the first ever meeting of the European Communities Youth Forum in Strasbourg in 1979.
After working as an economist at the Trades Union Congress and as a current affairs TV producer, Peter Mandelson was later appointed Labour Party Director for Campaigns and Communications in 1985. Later he was Tony Blair’s Campaign Manager in the May 1997 election that brought Labour to power in Britain.
In 1992 he was elected as member of parliament for the Northern English constituency of Hartlepool. He served until 2004 upon his appointment to the European Commission.
Peter Mandelson was appointed to the British Cabinet as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 1998. He had responsibility for the introduction of Britain’s first ever National Minimum Wage and oversaw new measures to strengthen regional development through the creation of Regional Development Agencies. During his tenure, he published the Government’s Competitiveness White Paper - “Building the Knowledge-Driven Economy.”
In 1999 Peter Mandelson was appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Between 1999 and 2001 he negotiated the creation of Northern Ireland’s power sharing government and the IRA’s announcement that they planned to put their arms beyond use. He also introduced the radical overhaul of the police service in Northern Ireland.
Peter Mandelson is honorary Chair of Policy Network, a European and international think tank whose journal and conferences promote the exchange and debate of centre-left policy ideas and European social democratic thinking. He was UK chairman of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, which brings together leading academics, politicians and business people. He has travelled widely and has lectured throughout Europe, in Asia and the United States.
Peter Mandelson was made EU Commissioner for Trade in 2004.
11.08.07 | 00:59:47 min
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