Des BROWNE Member Vice Chair of the Nuclear Threat Initiative; co-Founder and Chair of the Executive Board of the European Leadership Network

  • Des Browne was a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock and Loudoun from 1997 to 2010. As a back-bencher, he served on the Northern Ireland Affairs and Public Administration Select Committees. In 1998, he became the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Donald Dewar, Secretary of State for Scotland.  In 2000, he became PPS to Adam Ingram, Minister of State for Northern Ireland. Subsequently, he served on the first Joint Committee on Human Rights. In 2001, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.  In 2003, Browne was promoted to Minister of State for Work at the Department for Work & Pensions and in 2004, he was appointed Minister for Immigration & Citizenship in the Home Office.  Re-elected in 2005, he joined the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and was appointed to the Privy Council. In 2006, he was appointed Secretary of State for Defense, and from 2007 to 2008, he combined this role with the role of Secretary of State for Scotland. He also served on the first Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy. From October 2009 until March 2014, he was Convenor of the Top Level Group of Parliamentarians for Multi-Lateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation.  He co-founded the European Leadership Network and has been the Chair of its Board of Trustees and Directors since its inception. In July 2010, he was introduced to the House of Lords..

    Science and technology challenges for public policy, non-proliferation and disarmament

    The best way for our leaders to remember the dead on Armistice Day? Do everything they can to avoid a nuclear war, Nuclear Threat Initiative, November 11, 2018

    Nuclear Weapons in the New Cyber Age, Nuclear Threat Initiative, September 26, 2018

    How to Reduce Nuclear Risks in Helsinki, European Leadership Network, July 11, 2018

    Preventing Nuclear Conflict in Europe, Nuclear Threat Initiative, February 15, 2018

    Open Letter to President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin, European Leadership Network, June 27, 2017