| Andrew Adonis |
(politician, academic, journalist)
22 February 1963
London, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||Keble College (Oxford), Christ Church (Oxford)|
|Member of||Ditchley/UK, Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China|
|Party||Social Democratic Party (UK), Liberal Democrats, Labour|
Labour party politician and Bilderberger. Vice Chairman of the European Movement (UK)
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 served as 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. 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. 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.
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.
Adonis is a strong supporter and advocate of the European Union (EU) and a vocal opponent of Brexit. Following the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership 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.
- 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".
- 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".
Adonis was formerly married to Kathryn Davies, who had been a student of his; the couple had two children. Adonis and Davies divorced in 2015. In a profile in the Evening Standard in 2019, the journalist Julian Glover reported that Adonis was gay.
Events Participated in
|Bilderberg/2017||1 June 2017||4 June 2017||US|
|The 65th Bilderberg Meeting|
|Bilderberg/2019||30 May 2019||2 June 2019||Switzerland|
|The 67th Bilderberg Meeting|
- High Speed Rail – Command Paper. Department for Transport, 11 March 2010, ISBN 9780101782722
- www.kcl.ac.uk. King's College London. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
- Twelfth Report 2010-2011 Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed 3 December 2014