The Rt Hon Jack Straw

Co-chair, British-Turkish Tatlidil Forum

Jack Straw is a founding Co-chair of the government-sponsored British- Turkish Tatlidil Forum. This is an annual high level conference between the United Kingdom and Turkey. In July 2015, he was appointed a Member of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information. He was Foreign Secretary 2001 to 2006, Home Secretary 1997 to 2001, and Leader of the Commons 2006 to 2007 under Prime Minister Tony Blair. He was Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary 2007 to 2010 under Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He served from 1979 to 2015 as Member of Parliament for Blackburn. After having been called to the Bar and practiced there, he worked as a Special Adviser. In the Commons he was appointed to the Front Bench in 1980 and in 1987 he became the Opposition spokesman on Education, on the Environment, and from 1994 to 1997 he was Shadow Home Secretary. As Home Secretary, he oversaw the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act and the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into British law. As Foreign Secretary he played a leading role in the foreign policy problems arising from the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and the resulting interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was also closely involved with many major European decisions such as the negotiation of the EU Budget deal in 2005. He is a Visiting Professor at the University College London School of Public Policy and Vice President of Blackburn Rovers Football Club. He is a Governor of Blackburn College, and from May 2015 has been Chairman of the Blackburn Youth Zone. He was given the Order of the Republic of Turkey in 2012.