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Jonathan Rowland Shaw (born 3 June 1966) is a British Labour Party politician who served as the Member of Parliament for Chatham and Aylesford from 1997 to 2010. He also served in the Government as the Minister for Disabled People from 2008-10. He is currently the CEO of Policy Connect.[1]

Jonathan Shaw
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for (Disabled People) Work and Pensions
In office
5 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byAnne McGuire
Succeeded byMaria Miller
Member of Parliament
for Chatham and Aylesford
In office
1 May 1997 – 12 April 2010
Preceded byConstituency Created
Succeeded byTracey Crouch
Personal details
Born (1966-06-03) 3 June 1966 (age 53)
Chatham, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Political partyLabour
ResidenceSnodland, England, UK


Early lifeEdit

Shaw was educated at Vinters Boys' School, West Kent College and Bromley College.[2]

Parliamentary careerEdit

A former member of Rochester-upon-Medway City Council, Shaw was first elected to the House of Commons at the 1997 general election; which resulted in a nationwide landslide for the Labour Party. He was re-elected in 2001, with a majority of 4,340 votes and again in 2005; with a reduced majority of 2,332 votes.

Shaw served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ruth Kelly as Secretary of State for Education and Skills in 2005-06. He was also an Assistant Government Whip in 2006-07, prior to joining The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as Minister for Fisheries.

Shaw served as a member of the Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee (1997–2001), and the Education and Skills Select Committee (2001–05). In July 2007, Shaw was appointed Minister for the South East of England.

Following a Cabinet reshuffle in October 2008, Shaw was moved to the DWP, becoming a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Minister for Disabled People, replacing Anne McGuire,[3] while retaining his position as Minister for the South East.

Shaw lost his seat at the 2010 general election to Tracey Crouch of the Conservative Party. On the BBC Politics Show South East in July 2010, he said that he had withdrawn from public life. Shaw is now the Chief Executive of Policy Connect, an independent, cross-party not-for-profit social enterprise with two decades in policy work.


  1. ^ "Our team | Policy Connect". Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  2. ^ Guardian article
  3. ^ community care website Archived 10 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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