Chris Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury, is a British politician and peer. He became Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury in 1983, and sat on the frontbenches for much of his parliamentary career.
Following the Labour Party's landslide General Election victory in 1997, Chris was appointed to Tony Blair's Cabinet as the Secretary Of State For Culture, Media and Sport, during which time he successfully helped guide to completion a number of landmark National Lottery funded projects, including the Tate Modern, The Eden Project, The Lowry Centre and The British Museum Great Court.
After over 20 years in Parliament, Chris stepped down from the House of Commons at the 2005 General Election, and was created a life peer shortly afterwards. He was subsequently appointed Chair Of The London Cultural Consortium by London Mayor Ken Livingstone, a position he held from 2005 to 2008. In addition, Chris was one of the founding directors of the Clore Leadership Programme, an initiative aimed at helping to train and develop new leaders of Britain's cultural sector. In November 2006, he was appointed as Chairman of The Advertising Standards Authority, and is currently Chairman of the Wordsworth Trust. Chris is also Patron of the HIV support charity, The National Long-Term Survivors Group (NLTSG).
In December 2014, it was announced that Chris would become the next Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge, succeeding Sir Richard Dearlove. He also accepted an invitation to become the Chairman of Trustees of the Cambridge Union Society in 2015.
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