The Rt Hon Lord Andrew Adonis is a former British Labour Party politician, academic and journalist who served in the Labour Government for five years as Transport Secretary from 2009 to 2010, Minister of State for Transport from 2008 to 2009 and Minister for Schools from 2005 to 2008.
He was appointed as chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission in 2015, resigning on 29 December 2017 in protest at Theresa May’s management of Britain’s departure from the EU.
Lord Adonis began his career as an academic at Oxford University, before becoming a journalist at the Financial Times and later The Observer. He was appointed by Tony Blair to be an advisor at the Number 10 Policy Unit in 1998, specialising in constitutional and educational policy. He was later promoted to become the Head of the Policy Unit from 2001 until being made a life peer in 2005.
Lord Adonis is also the author or co-author of eight books – including studies of the English class system and the British political system.