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Christopher “Chris” Robert Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury PC was born on 24 July 1951. He is a British Labour Party politician, and a former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister under Prime Minister Tony Blair (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport). Chris Smith was one of the first openly gay British MPs, being elected in 1983 and coming out in 1984, and in 2005, became the first British MP to reveal that he is HIV positive, following Nelson Mandela’s announcement of his son’s death from AIDS. He is understood to be a patron of the HIV assistance charity The Food Chain and is Chairman of the Environment Agency. He is currently engaged in the review of further devolution.
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In February 2014 his chairmanship of the Environment Agency was criticised after severe flooding in parts of the United Kingdom.