Peter Benjamin Mandelson, Baron Mandelson PC (born 21 October 1953) is a British Labour Party politician and President of the international think tank Policy Network. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hartlepool from 1992 to 2004, and served in a number of Cabinet positions under Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He was also the European Commissioner for Trade between 2004 and 2008.
Mandelson was one of several individuals responsible for the rebranding of the Labour Party as "New Labour" and its subsequent landslide victory in the 1997 election. He resigned twice from the Cabinet before leaving Parliament to take up an appointment as a European Commissioner. He later rejoined the Cabinet for a third time, after having been made a life peer in the House of Lords.
Peter Mandelson was born in Hampstead Garden Suburb, Middlesex on 21 October 1953, the son of Mary Joyce (née Morrison) and George Norman Mandelson. His father's family was Jewish, his grandfather had founded the Harrow United Synagogue, and his father was the advertising manager at The Jewish Chronicle. On his mother's side he is the grandson of Margaret (Kent) and Herbert Morrison, the London County Council leader and Labour cabinet minister. Between 1965 and 1972 he attended Hendon County Grammar School. In 1966 he appeared on stage with the local amateur theatre group, the Hampstead Garden Suburb Dramatic Society as the eponymous lead in The Winslow Boy...
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