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Dame Margaret Mary Beckett is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Derby South since 1983. She was the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party under John Smith from 1992 to 1994, and briefly served as Leader of the Labour Party after Smith died suddenly. She later served in the Cabinet under Prime Minister Tony Blair in a number of roles, becoming Britain's first female Foreign Secretary in 2006.
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  • Personal 

  • Member of Parliament 

  • Shadow Cabinet and Deputy Leader, 1984–94 

  • In government, 1997–2001 

  • Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2001–06 

  • Foreign Secretary: 2006–2007 

  • Post-Blair years 

  • Expenses 

  • Bid to become Speaker 

  • Alternative Vote referendum 

  • 2015 Labour leadership election 

  • Beckett report 

  • National Executive Committee Chair 

  • Honours