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1994 - 1996
|Preceded by:||Neil Kinnock|
|Succeded by:||John Redwood|
|Trade and Industry Secretary|
1991 - 1994
|Preceded by:||Gordon Brown|
|Succeded by:||Jack Cunningham|
1987 - 1991
|Preceded by:||Michael Meacher|
|Succeded by:||David Blunkett|
February 29 1946, Belshill, Edinburgh
|Died||August 6 2005, Inverness, Scotland|
University of Edinburgh
Robin Cook was a british politician who held several cabinet positions between 1983 and 1996, most notably serving as Foreign Secretary (1994 - 1996). His shock defeat in 1996 stunned many, as he was considered a possible leadership candidate.
He entered cabinet in 1987 as Health Secretary, presiding over a period of high investment and greater priority funding he soon became one of the most popular labour politicians in the country. Although he was seen as too junior to run for the labour leadership in 1990 he did manage Neil Kinnock's unsucessful campaign.
In 1994 he managed Kinnock's leadership campaign again, this time successfully. He was promoted to foreign secretary.