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Timms becomes new CSR minister

June 2002

Stephen Timms has been appointed as the UK's new minister for corporate social responsibility as part of a government reshuffle.

Timms, who as pensions minister was responsible for introducing a disclosure regulation in 2000 that forced pension funds to state their position on socially responsible investment, replaces Douglas Alexander, who spent only a year in the job. Alexander has been promoted to the Cabinet Office.

Timms, who has been a Labour MP since 1994 and represents East Ham, was previously minister for school standards. Prior to becoming an MP he worked for 15 years in the computing and telecoms industry, including spells at Logica and Ovum. Aged 47, he is a patron of the Christian Socialist Movement.


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