Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.
Responsibilities, The Secretary of State has oversight of all Ministry of Justice business and is responsible for making improvements to the criminal justice and prison system so that it better serves the public. Other responsibilities include, Resourcing of his Department, Functions of the Lord Chancellor, Overall Strategy and delivery of particular priority programme’s, EU and International business, Corporate Services, public appointments and judicial policy including pay, pensions and diversity.
He receives a salary as Lord Chancellor and is unpaid as Secretary of State for Justice.
Educated at Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen and Lady Margaret Hall Oxford University.
Elected Conservative MP for Surrey Heath in 2005, appointed Secretary of state for Education in May 2010 served as Government Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury July 2014 to May 2015.
Appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 10 May 2015.
Became a journalist after leaving university, worked as a reporter for the press and journal in Aberdeen, a researcher and reporter at Scottish television and a reporter at BBC television. He was later Assistant Editor of The Times.
What I have learnt thanks to the session about Don McCullin is that he is possibly the best war photographer of modern journalism.
I have found that he covered wars from Vietnam in the 1960’s through to Lebanon in the 1980’s, it seems his major regret was not covering the Falklands conflict.
He worked for The Times and Sunday Times from 1963 but was eventually forced to resign after the Thomson family sold the paper to Rupert Murdoch in 1981, he did carry on until 1983 but with Murdoch pushing the editorship in a different direction there was no place for this wonderful photojournalist.
McCullin’s work is thoroughly compelling, he obviously focuses a lot on human suffering and sacrifice but there are also some very candid shots of everyday things like British landscapes or someone out walking their dog.
Some of his work in Northern Ireland is very ingratiating and tell stories on their own, the same can be said of some of his other work like in Cambodia and Lebanon.
He was obviously affected by the things he saw in various theatre’s of war around the world.
Don McCullin obviously gave a voice to the people he was covering and he shows his own great resolve with the images he captures.
A photo he took of a man playing the lute while stood over the body of a dead girl in Lebanon earned him a death threat which he said he felt honoured about so he is obviously also very corageous.