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  Geoff Hoon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Geoff Hoon was born in Derby, Derbyshire, the son of a railwayman, and was educated at Nottingham High School and Jesus College, Cambridge where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in law in 1976, followed by a master's degree.
Hoon was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for Derbyshire in 1984 and served in Brussels and Strasbourg for ten years.
Hoon, and the MoD as a whole refused the company's arguments that it should be treated as a "national champion." BAE have been accused of demanding contracts, e.g the Type 45 destroyers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Geoff_Hoon   (902 words)

 Guardian | Where did they find this man?
Geoff Hoon and Jack Straw, the most unlikely pin-ups in the cabinet, have become a regular item at the House of Commons gym as they try to keep their minds alert by exercising every day.
Hoon, the plodding defence secretary, takes to the running machine where he is often spotted straightening his thinning hair in the gym's mirror as Kylie Minogue blasts out of the loudspeakers.
Hoon's habit of measuring every word before opening his mouth, which can lead to him sounding hesitant and at times slightly pompous, landed him in trouble on the first day of the war when he had what was described as an "Eric Morecambe moment".
www.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,4643872-103680,00.html   (1282 words)

 Geoff Hoon and Compulsory Voting
Hoon, who returned to Britain yesterday after studying the Australian compulsory voting system, said that voters there were fined about £10 if they failed to give a good reason for not voting.
As an authoritarian, Geoff Hoon is unable to understand that forcing people to do things against their will—such as voting or wearing a seatbelt—is the very essence an imperious, authoritarian government.
Hoon want to give the police “the powers they wanted” (to smash down doors and hold people without official charge) but he wants the people of Britain to vote for their own emasculation or face criminal fine.
www.propagandamatrix.com /articles/october2005/091005Hoon.htm   (619 words)

 Geoff Hoon
Geoff Hoon became Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons in May 2005 before being appointed as Minister for Europe in the May 2006 reshuffle.
Before entering Parliament, Mr Hoon lectured in law at Leeds University from 1976 to 1982, and was Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, in 1979 and 1980.
Mr Hoon was born in Derby on 6 December 1953 and was educated at Nottingham High School and Jesus College, Cambridge.
www.number-10.gov.uk /output/Page1390.asp   (280 words)

 Pity Geoff Hoon
It must be tough having to defend the indefensible when the Americans insist on plastering their missiles with computer codes that reveal their provenance even after they have blown the innocent to pieces.
Take the poor old man - far poorer in every way than Mr Hoon - who produced that telling scrap of fuselage at Shu'ala last week, proving that the missile that hit the dirt-poor Shia Muslim slums was made by Raytheon, manufacturers of the Cruise missile.
It's a tactic worthy of only one man I can think of, a master of playing victim when he is in the act of killing, a man who never thinks of smearing the innocent in order to propagate his own version of history.
www.ccmep.org /2003_articles/Iraq/040503_pity_geoff_hoon.htm   (876 words)

 CNN.com - Hoon: No conspiracy to name Kelly - Dec. 19, 2003
Hoon was questioned Wednesday at a judicial inquiry in London, chaired by Lord Hutton, about his role in the events surrounding Kelly's death.
Hoon distanced himself from key decisions which led to Kelly's name appearing in the press after the scientist came forward to say that he had had an unauthorized meeting with the BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan, who broke the story.
Hoon said he felt compelled to tell the committee that an official had acknowledged speaking to the journalist.
edition.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/europe/08/27/hutton.hoon/index.html   (651 words)

 CNN.com - UK seeks military help in Turkey - Jan. 8, 2003
UK Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has flown to Turkey for talks aimed at persuading Ankara to allow its bases to be used by U.S. and British forces in any attack on Iraq.
Turkey, at the gateway to the Middle East and a member of NATO, is of strategic importance and Hoon's trip is part of a U.S. and UK initiative to persuade Turkey to allow a possible invasion to be launched from its soil.
Hoon said during his trip on Wednesday that the international community had to show Iraqi President Saddam Hussein that it was serious about enforcing U.N. resolutions on weapons of mass destruction.
edition.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/meast/01/08/sproject.irq.hoon.turkey   (496 words)

 The Monday Interview: Geoff Hoon - Leader of the Commons - 'We Independent, The (London) - Find Articles
Geoff Hoon's role as Leader of the Commons was extended to that of tour guide when Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, visited Parliament last week.
Mr Hoon had been the longest-serving minister in the same job apart from Tony Blair and Gordon Brown when he became Commons Leader after the general election in May. In five and a half years at the Ministry of Defence, he was tipped for the sack more often than any other minister.
Mr Hoon is at the centre of the debate about whether the Commons should be recalled during its long summer break to discuss the terrorist attacks in Britain.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20050725/ai_n14802450   (993 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Geoff Hoon
Recalled to appear on September 22 Mr Hoon told the inquiry that a meeting had taken place in his office where the press officers' Q and A material was discussed.
Mr Hoon said he had not asked for a correction because he said that in his experience newspapers were "resistant" to printing them.
In a ceremony in the Pentagon early in the new year, Mr Hoon was presented with the Distinguished Public Service award, the highest civilian award from the US military, for his help in the Iraq war and so-called "war on terror".
www.guardian.co.uk /hutton/keyplayers/story/0,13842,1031801,00.html   (1074 words)

 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Geoff Hoon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Geoff Hoon was appointed Minister for Europe on 5 May 2006 returning to the FCO where he was previously Minister in 1999.
Prior to this appointment Mr Hoon was Leader of the House of Commons (since May 2005) and Secretary of State for Defence (since October 1999).
Before entering Parliament, Mr Hoon lectured in law at Leeds University (1976-1982) and was Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979 and 1980.
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 Scotland on Sunday - Opinion - Hoon: no defence   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Hoon demonstrated once again last week his questionable value to the government - and to the nation - with a thoroughly unconvincing response to mounting evidence that ministers had been warned of the ghastly treatment that may have been meted out to Iraqi civilians by British forces.
Hoon also clung to the claim that the operation to supply British troops during the Iraq conflict had been "a logistical success" in the face of a welter of revelations about the failure to get crucial kit to frontline soldiers.
Hoon, a dull Blairite, was originally seen as a convenient stop-gap between the departing Lord Robertson and John Reid; as a loyal lightweight who could easily be reshuffled out at any moment with little objection.
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com /opinion.cfm?id=559682004   (1074 words)

 CNN.com - Hoon: Ground troops an 'option' - October 9, 2001
Hoon, speaking in Moscow after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Ivanov on Tuesday, said that a ground operation to follow the air strikes launched at the weekend was only one of a number of options being considered.
Hoon is in Moscow to discuss military cooperation and efforts to combat international terrorism with Ivanov.
On Monday, Hoon said that no timetable had been set for the current allied strikes, but he added: "I anticipate that it is more likely to be a matter of days rather than weeks.
archives.cnn.com /2001/WORLD/europe/10/09/ret.uk.hoon   (576 words)

 Geoff Hoon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Geoff is currently a freshman defenseman for both the JV and Varsity teams.
In the past Geoff has played for the West Milford Bears and the Jefferson Falcons.
Geoff's goal is to do his best each and every time he sees the ice this year.
www.members.tripod.com /highlandershockey/geoff_hoon.htm   (65 words)

 CND - Press Release -Geoff Hoon gives the official nod to UK involvement in Missile Defence
CND today slammed Geoff Hoon's long expected decision to give the go-ahead to the use of the Fylingdales base in Yorkshire for missile defence, calling it "yet another sell-out to US demands, against the wishes of the people of the UK.
Geoff Hoon made the announcement just days after the Parliamentary Defence Committee released a report heavily critical of Hoon's handling of the affair.
Whilst Hoon argues that missile system could represent "an invaluable extra insurance against the development of a still uncertain but potentially catastrophic threat to the citizens of this country" he fails to mention that the current plans will do nothing to protect the UK - they are designed only to protect the USA.
www.cnduk.org /pages/press/6203.html   (466 words)

 CNN.com - Newspapers slam 'not me' Hoon - Dec. 19, 2003
But on Thursday they were united in scorn for the performance in the witness box of Kelly's boss, defense secretary Geoff Hoon, who appeared to blame everyone else but himself for the affair.
Hoon, 49, spent more than two hours being questioned at Lord Hutton's inquiry in London Wednesday over events leading up to the apparent suicide of Kelly, 59, who worked in his department.
"Geoff Hoon tap danced on the head of a pin yesterday to show that his hands were clean in the Kelly affair.
www.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/europe/08/28/uk.hoon.papers/index.html   (612 words)

 Yorkshire CND - UK Nuke Policy from Geoff Hoon - 24/3/02
GEOFF HOON: Let me make it clear the long standing British government policy that if our forces if our people were threatened by weapons of mass destruction we would reserve the right to use appropriate proportionate responses which might..might in extreme circumstances include the use of nuclear weapons.
GEOFF HOON: I said if the conditions were satisfied, and they're precisely the conditions that we set out in the Strategic Defence Review which is wholly consistent with the government's long standing policy.
GEOFF HOON: What we would be doing is defending ourselves and the British people against a threat from Saddam Hussein, I said in extreme conditions of self-defence we would need to do that.
www.cndyorks.gn.apc.org /news/articles/uknukepolicy.htm   (908 words)

 TheFA.com - Hoon signs for Sutton
Mr Hoon, a keen football fan, was visiting the local Northern Counties East League side to officially open their new and improved Hosiery Mills ground.
Geoff Hoon said: "The improvements are very impressive- I hope everyone will come along to a game at the new ground and show their support.
Hoon's support may have played a small part in Sutton Town's 2-1 win at the weekend, which sees them at home again in the First Qualifying Round against Stone Dominoes on Saturday 18th September.
www.thefa.com /TheFACup/TheFACup/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2004/09/SuttonTown_GeoffHoon.htm?WBCMODE=PresentationUnpublished?page   (320 words)

 Robin Wilton : Robin Wilton's esoterica : Weblog
Mr Hoon and controversy are long-standing companions; you may remember that he was defence secretary at the time of the invasion of Iraq.
Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon saw the attorney general‘s early advice on the Iraq war, which was not shown to Cabinet.
Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon is guilty of a “dereliction of duty“ for sending troops to war without the right kit, say the Tories.
blogs.sun.com /racingsnake/entry/hoon_warns_house_of_lords   (948 words)

 Edinburgh Evening News - Hoon: I approved naming Kelly plan
Mr Hoon said he there were concerns about individual press officers being seen to be lying and described the MoD’s approach as "the most straightforward".
Mr Hoon also confirmed that he had approved the contents of the statement and had authorised it to be issued.
Mr Hoon said he understood that to be a reference to the agreement that if journalists approached press officers with the right name, it would be confirmed by press officers.
edinburghnews.scotsman.com /index.cfm?id=1053852003   (683 words)

 Telegraph | Comment | Why Geoff Hoon better look to his own defence
This is the building that Geoff Hoon, the Secretary of State for Defence, recently moved back into during Whitehall renovations.
When Hoon was appointed Defence Secretary in 1999, in succession to the well-regarded George Robertson, it was assumed that he had been sent there to make the Army more European.
Hoon certainly did not get on well with Gordon Brown in Opposition but the two men have since "formed a relationship".
www.telegraph.co.uk /opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2003/08/10/do1003.xml   (1131 words)

 Lateline - 05/10/2005: Iraq hasnt made terrorism worse: Hoon
GEOFFREY HOON: We've always known that there is, in certain parts of Iraq, an insurgency that combines foreign fighters - al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian has gone into Iraq and is bringing in other foreign terrorists - often, more likely these days, attacking fellow Muslims, Shiites, in order to provoke a civil war.
GEOFFREY HOON: I don't doubt that the level and intensity and ferocity of the violence that we've seen, as I've said earlier, often directed against Muslims by terrorists like al-Zarqawi and his supporters was on a scale that I don't think could have been anticipated.
GEOFFREY HOON: Well, what I'm saying to you is that we knew already that there was a terrorist organisation that had perpetrated atrocities elsewhere in the world and that we had to go on dealing with that terrorist threat, whether or not action had been taken in Iraq.
www.abc.net.au /lateline/content/2005/s1475567.htm   (1670 words)

 Keyword   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
HOON STICKS TO HIS GUNS Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has been justifying his role in a new controversy over the type of weapons Iraq was alleged to have possessed.
To 30 oil wells on fire in Iraq, according to Geoff Hoon To 30 oil wells were set fire to by the Iraqi forces in the south of Iraq, according to last estimates', declared the Minister for British Defense Geoff Hoon in a maintenance with the BBC (radio).
DUFF HOON TO GO EXCLUSIVE: He carries the can for Rumsfeld shambles DEFENCE Secretary Geoff Hoon faces the sack as soon as the conflict in Iraq is over.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/keyword?k=geoffhoon   (1069 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Arts | | Geoff Hoon
Geoff Hoon recalls an incident that illustrates the paradox of the country's defence secretary being the biggest music fan in the cabinet.
Hoon's love of rock and pop is the stuff of parliament legend.
Hoon talks with unguarded enthusiasm about the 1960s country-rock of the Byrds and Gram Parsons, of the night he saw the Velvet Underground's Nico perform the Doors's The End on a creaking harmonium, and of modern alternative country acts like Will Oldham and Ryan Adams.
arts.guardian.co.uk /fridayreview/story/0,,1459740,00.html   (463 words)

 The Ministry of Mendacity Strikes Again - Global Policy Forum - UN Security Council
Take the poor old man — far poorer in every way than Mr Hoon — who produced that telling scrap of fuselage at Shu'ala last week, proving that the missile which hit the dirt-poor Shia Muslim slums was made by Raytheon, manufacturers of the cruise missile.
It's a tactic worthy of only one man I can think of, a master of playing victim when he is in the act of killing, a man who thinks nothing of smearing the innocent to propagate his own version of history.
Geoff Hoon has learnt a lot from him.
www.globalpolicy.org /security/issues/iraq/attack/statement/2003/0404ministry.htm   (845 words)

 BBC NEWS | UK | 'Saddam still in Iraq' says Hoon
Mr Hoon is the first senior minister from Britain or the United States to visit Iraq since the two countries launched a military campaign to oust Saddam Hussein on 20 March.
The defence secretary insisted he was not disappointed by the coalition's failure thus far to uncover weapons of mass destruction.
Mr Hoon is also expected to visit Basra to meet troops from the 7th Armoured Brigade, which carried out much of the fighting in seizing southern Iraq.
www.warblogging.com /warfarking/mirror/1051101461.html   (433 words)

 Downing Street Says...: Geoff Hoon
Asked if it was ever the case that Geoff Hoon's job was ever a Secretary of State position, the PMOS said that it was not.
Geoff Hoon was a very good person to have in that role because of his background as a former MEP.
Asked if it was as a Minister and not as a Secretary of State, did he not have an automatic right to attend Cabinet, the PMOS replied that Geoff Hoon would attend Cabinet in the same way as Douglas Alexander did, and in the same way now that Ian McCartney would.
www.downingstreetsays.org /archives/002640.html   (306 words)

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