Member of England's Parliament who took office as the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2011. He was previously the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families from 2007 to 2010.
He was a member of the Labour Club and Conservative Association at Oxford University.
He and his wife were the first married couple to both be members of the British Cabinet at the same time.
He has three children, Ellie, Joe, and Maddy, with wife and politician Yvette Cooper.
He served as Secretary of State for Children under Prime Minister Gordon Brown.