Robin Cook

Robert Finlayson Cook (28 February 1946  6 August 2005) was a British Labour Party politician, who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Livingston from 1983 until his death and served in the Cabinet as Foreign Secretary from 1997 until 2001, when he was replaced by Jack Straw. He then served as Leader of the House of Commons from 2001 until 2003.


Robin Cook
Cook in 1997
President of the Party of European Socialists
In office
11 June 2001  24 July 2004
Preceded byRudolf Scharping
Succeeded byPoul Nyrup Rasmussen
Leader of the House of Commons
Lord President of the Council
In office
8 June 2001  17 March 2003
Prime MinisterTony Blair
DeputyPaddy Tipping
Stephen Twigg
Ben Bradshaw
Preceded byMargaret Beckett
Succeeded byJohn Reid
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
2 May 1997  8 June 2001
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byMalcolm Rifkind
Succeeded byJack Straw
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
20 October 1994  2 May 1997
LeaderTony Blair
Preceded byJack Cunningham
Succeeded byJohn Major
Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
In office
18 July 1992  20 October 1994
LeaderJohn Smith
Margaret Beckett
Preceded byGordon Brown
Succeeded byJack Cunningham
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
In office
2 November 1989  18 July 1992
LeaderNeil Kinnock
Preceded byhimself (Health and Social Services)
Succeeded byDavid Blunkett
Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Services
In office
13 July 1987  2 November 1989
LeaderNeil Kinnock
Preceded byMichael Meacher
Succeeded byhimself (Health)
Michael Meacher (Social Security)
Member of Parliament
for Livingston
In office
9 June 1983  6 August 2005
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byJim Devine
Member of Parliament
for Edinburgh Central
In office
28 February 1974  9 June 1983
Preceded byTom Oswald
Succeeded byAlexander Fletcher
Personal details
Born
Robert Finlayson Cook

(1946-02-28)28 February 1946
Bellshill, Scotland
Died6 August 2005(2005-08-06) (aged 59)
Inverness, Scotland
Resting placeGrange Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)
Margaret Whitmore
(m. 1969; div. 1998)

Gaynor Regan
(m. 1998)
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
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He studied at the University of Edinburgh before being elected as the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh Central in 1974. In Parliament he was known for his debating ability and rapidly rose through the political ranks and ultimately into the Cabinet. As Foreign Secretary, he oversaw British interventions in Kosovo and Sierra Leone.

He resigned from his positions as Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons on 17 March 2003 in protest against the invasion of Iraq. At the time of his death, he was President of the Foreign Policy Centre and a Vice-President of the America All Party Parliamentary Group and the Global Security and Non-Proliferation All Party Parliamentary Group.