Ruth Kelly

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Ruth Kelly

Ruth Kelly has been the Labour MP for Bolton West since 1997.[1] She was Secretary of State at the Department for Transport from 2007 - October 2008.

Communities secretary

Kelly served as secretary of state for communities and local government from May 2006 to June 2007.[2]

Britain: Our values, our responsibilities

In an October 2006 speech, Kelly called for "a fundamental rebalancing of our relationship with Muslim organisations from now on":

Since taking up my post, I have actively sought to develop relationships with a wider network of Muslim organisations, including those representing young people and women.
In future, I am clear that our strategy of funding and engagement must shift significantly towards those organisations that are taking a proactive leadership role in tackling extremism and defending our shared values. It is only by defending our values that we will prevent extremists radicalising future generations of terrorists[3]

The move was seen as a snub to the Muslim Council of Britain.[4]


After standing down at the 2010 election, Kelly joined HSBC's strategy unit.[5] as Senior Manager Strategy, Global Businesses. Her role was approved by ACOBA who saw "no reason why she should not accept this appointment following the prorogation of the current parliament as she proposes".[6]


In July 2009 Kelly notified ACOBA she was planning on becoming an independent consultant for various clients including companies and third sector organisations. ACOBA "noting her undertaking not to seek work from any organisation with whom she had official dealings, or who might have a direct interest in the policy she was involved in whilst Secretary of State for Transport, the Committee sees no reason why she should not undertake ad hoc consultancy work subject to the condition that, for 12 months from her last day in office, she should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Ministers or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of any clients."[7]


  1. Ruth Kelly, They Work For, accessed 11 July 2009
  2. Britain: our values, our responsibilities, Department of Communities and Local Government, 11 October 2006.
  3. Britain: our values, our responsibilities, Department of Communities and Local Government, 11 October 2006.
  4. Sean O’Neill and Philip Webster, Kelly penalises mosques' failure to tackle terror, The Times, 12 October 2006.
  5. Larry Elliott, HSBC appoints Labour's Ruth Kelly to strategy unit,, 17 May 2010.
  6. Twelfth Report 2010-2011 Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed 8 December 2014
  7. Eleventh Report 2009-2010 Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed 27 November 2014