Melanie Johnson

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BornMelanie Jane Johnson
5 February 1955
Ipswich, UK
Alma materUniversity College London, King's College (Cambridge)
Left her post as UK Minister for Public Health in May 2005, and in March 2006 joined the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.

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In office
13 June 2003 - 10 May 2005

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In office
17 May 1999 - 8 June 2001
Preceded byPatricia Hewitt
Succeeded byRuth Kelly

Melanie Jane Johnson is former Labour MP, and Public Health Minister from 2003 to 2005,[1] before joining the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry in March 2006.


From 1999 to 2005 Johnson was a junior minister serving first as Economic Secretary to the Treasury, next in the DTI as Minister for Competition and Consumers, and finally as Minister for Public Health in the Department of Health. Johnson was also responsible for the White Paper Building Trust in Statistics [2]

As Economic Secretary she supported the EU action against money laundering stating "Money laundering is a very serious offence, with the capacity to undermine financial markets and to corrupt professional advisers"[3] Following the 2000 Budget Johnson, whilst speaking to NPI Conference, commented "in the Budget three weeks ago now, this Government took the next steps towards our ambition for a Britain of opportunity and security not just for a few but for all, with prosperity reaching the people and places the economy has too long forgotten.".[4] Journalist Benedict Brogan likened the delivery of her speeches to "the read-your-weight manner of a supermarket Tannoy" describing them as tedious and accusing her of just repeating "the mantra that had been programmed into her".[5]

She was a proponent of fluoridation of public water supplies.[6]

She left Parliament on 11 April 2005.[7]

After Parliament

Johnson left her post as Minister for Public Health in May 2005, and in March 2006 joined the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments ruled that she could 'Take up [the appointment] forthwith but, for 12 months after leaving office, she should not be personally involved in lobbying Government Ministers or officials' [8]



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