National Politics and Internal Affairs

national-politicsThe ascension of Jack Straw into national politics started at an early age, when he was attending the law school in Leeds. After becoming the president of the student’s union of his alma mater, Straw soon became the president of the NSU (National Students’ Union). He remained a member of this institution until 2000; during that year, the NSU disapproved of the RIP 2000, described later below.

The turning point in his career took place in the 1970’s, when he started working with Barbara Castle (said to be the Margaret Thatcher of the Labor Party) as a political advisor. This job granted him with sufficient experience to replace Castle after she refused to re-run as MP for the constituency of Blackburn. By 1979, Jack Straw had accomplished his youth dream of becoming a Member of the Parliament.

While in the parliament, Straw undertook the role of Shadow Cabinet, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, and Shadow Home Secretary during the first years. After the general elections in 1997, his position as Home Secretary naturally granted him more power.

It was back then when Jack Straw could put in place several measures in order to make significant changes within the EU Parliament. The RIP 2000 (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act) passed by the European Committee consisted on allowing the official investigation bodies to intercept all telecommunications to find possible terrorist attacks before they took place. This last measure, applauded by Margaret Thatcher, would cost him the NSU membership. Jack Straw was also part of a group that successfully proposed changing the European Parliament’s elections system.

Later on in 2006, Tony Blair appointed him as the Leader of the House of Commons, a position he unwillingly accepted. In 2007, Straw jumped to Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. It was the first time in British history that anyone had achieved this role whilst being MP. He held office until 2010, and during the last five years of his parliamentary career he occupied the back seats of the parliament.