Smith, MP for Oxford East, was appointed
Chief Secretary to the Treasury on
11 October 1999. He had formerly been
Minister for Employment, Equal Opportunities
and Welfare to Work at the Department
for Education and Employment since
6 May 1997.
at Reading Grammar School and St John's
College Oxford, he was a member of
Oxford City Council from 1976 to 1987
and contested the Oxford East seat
in 1983 before winning it four years
entering Government, he was opposition
spokesman for education from 1989
to 1992, a shadow Treasury and economic
spokesman from 1992 to 1994, shadow
Chief Secretary from 1994 to 1996
and shadow Transport Secretary from
1996 to May 1997.
DfEE he was in charge of Welfare to
Work initiatives such as the New Deal,
as well as having a wider role as
the Government's representative on
the EC's Social Affairs Council, where
he was active in promoting the importance
of flexibility and entrepreneurship
in the employment guidelines.
48 he is married with one stepson.
His home in Oxford is in the Blackbird
Leys estate which he represented as
a Councillor before entering Parliament.