Andrew Adonis

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Person.png Andrew Adonis   Powerbase SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, academic, journalist)
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BornAndreas Adonis
22 February 1963
London, United Kingdom
Alma materKeble College (Oxford), Christ Church (Oxford)
Member ofDitchley/UK, Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China
PartySocial Democratic Party (UK), Liberal Democrats, Labour
Labour party politician and Bilderberger. Vice Chairman of the European Movement (UK)

Employment.png Chairman of the European Movement UK

In office
7 March 2021 - Present

Employment.png Vice Chairman of the European Movement UK

In office
15 January 2019 - 7 March 2021

Employment.png Secretary of State for Transport Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
5 June 2009 - 11 May 2010
Preceded byGeoff Hoon
Succeeded byPhilip Hammond

Employment.png UK/Minister of State for Transport

In office
3 October 2008 - 5 June 2009

Employment.png Minister of State for Education

In office
11 May 2005 - 3 October 2008
Preceded byKim Howells

Employment.png Member of the House of Lords Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
16 May 2005 - Present

Andrew Adonis, Baron Adonis, PC is a UK labour party politician under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He is also Chairman of the European Movement, having previously been Vice-Chairman from 2019 to 2021. A Bilderberger, he has worked for a number of think tanks including the Ditchley Foundation and the CIA-close Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China.

Adonis began his career as an academic at Oxford University, before becoming a journalist at the Financial Times and later The Observer.[1][2][3] Adonis was appointed by Prime Minister Tony Blair to be an advisor at the Number 10 Policy Unit, specialising in constitutional and educational policy, in 1998. He was later promoted to become the Head of the Policy Unit from 2001 until being created a life peer in 2005, when he was appointed Minister of State for Education in HM Government.[1][2] He remained in that role when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister in 2007, before becoming Minister of State for Transport in 2008. In 2009, he was promoted to the Cabinet as Transport Secretary, a position he held until 2010.[4]

Adonis is a board member of Policy Network and is the author or co-author of several books, including several studies of the British class system, the rise and fall of the Community Charge, and the Victorian House of Lords. He has also co-edited a collection of essays on Roy Jenkins. Like Jenkins, Adonis speaks with rhotacism. His latest book, Ernest Bevin: Labour's Churchill, is a biography of the Labour politician Ernest Bevin whom, alongside Tony Blair, Adonis regards as a source of inspiration for the modern Labour Party. In November 2014, he was appointed visiting professor at King's College London.[5]

Adonis is a strong supporter and advocate of the European Union (EU) and a vocal opponent of Brexit. Following the 2016 EU Referendum, he became a key campaigner for a People's Vote on British departure from the EU. He is currently a columnist for The New European.[6]

Revolving door

  • Non-executive director, Dods Group, January 2011. Approved by ACOBA, who saw "no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that, for 12 months from his last day in office, he does not get personally involved in lobbying UK Ministers or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of his new employer".[7]
  • Director, Institute for Government, September 2010. Approved by ACOBA, who "noted [the role] with concern that the appointment had been accepted without advice being sought. Had an application been made at the correct time, the Committee would have seen no objection to his taking up the position forthwith, subject to the condition that, for 12 months from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government Ministers or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of his new employer".[7]

Personal life

Adonis was formerly married to Kathryn Davies,[1] who had been a student of his;[8] the couple had two children.[9] Adonis and Davies divorced in 2015. In a profile[10] in the Evening Standard in 2019, the journalist Julian Glover reported that Adonis was gay.[11]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/20171 June 20174 June 2017US
The 65th Bilderberg Meeting
Bilderberg/201930 May 20192 June 2019Switzerland
The 67th Bilderberg Meeting
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