AgustaWestland opens Seoul office

ROME, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Anglo-Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has opened a new office in the South Korean capital to strengthen and promote its regional business.

AgustaWestland signs South Korean partners

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- AgustaWestland has signed partnership agreements with Firstec, a supplier of defense and security systems, and Dodaam Systems which develops training systems for the defense sector.

Sikorsky explores broader Polish network

KIELCE, Poland, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- European-based helicopter manufacturing and service companies have recently signed agreements to strengthen and expand their business portfolios.

Politicians suspended over lobbying claims

LONDON, March 23 (UPI) -- Three members of Britain's Parliament have been suspended from the Labor Party for allegedly agreeing to accept cash to influence policy, officials said.

Britain awards $10.6B train contract

LONDON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Britain said it awarded a $10.6 billion train upgrade contract to a Japanese consortium, the new trains to replace 30-year-old trains on two busy lines.

MP suspended for five days over outburst

LONDON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A member of Parliament in England was suspended from the House of Commons Thursday after screaming at a Cabinet minister.

Report: Brown to back Heathrow expansion

LONDON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Cabinet allies are poised to approve a controversial new runway for Heathrow Airport in London, sources say.

Dispute prompted by birth defect comments

LONDON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A growing dispute among British officials was triggered by parliamentary member Phil Woolas's comments about birth defects among children of married cousins.

U.K.'s Hoon admits to Iraq mistakes

LONDON, May 2 (UPI) -- Former British Defense Minister Geoff Hoon admitted planning mistakes for Iraq, saying he underestimated the influence of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.

British war widow gets apology

LONDON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The widow of a British serviceman killed in Iraq has received an apology from the government because he lacked body armor.

British official says U.S. ignored advice

LONDON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A former British defense secretary said in a newspaper interview that the United States ignored advice against disbanding the Iraqi army.

Spain, Britain reach Gibraltar deal

CORDOBA, Spain, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Spanish and British leaders, as well as Gibraltar's first minister, signed a deal Monday ending years of squabbling over the British colony.

Blair shakes up Cabinet

LONDON, May 5 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair removed Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and Charles Clarke as home secretary in a far-reaching Cabinet shuffle Friday.

Parliament plans probe of Blair on Iraq

LONDON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Some members of Britain's Parliament are pushing for an investigation into Prime Minister Tony Blair's conduct in the run-up to the Iraq War.

Briefing paper: Blair agreed to war early

LONDON, June 11 (UPI) -- British officials were told in July 2002 that Prime Minister Tony Blair agreed in April 2002 to back military action in Iraq, the Sunday Times of London said.
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Geoff Hoon
REX2003032404 - QATAR, MARCH 2003 (UPI) -- British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon with Air Marshal Brian Burridge, UK National Contingent Commander, in Qatar in March, 2003. rlw/REX FEATURES UPI

Geoffrey "Geoff" William Hoon (born 6 December 1953) is a British politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ashfield since 1992, and is a former Defence Secretary, Transport Secretary, Leader of the House of Commons and Labour Chief Whip.

Geoff Hoon was born in Derby, England, and is the son of Ernest Hoon and June Collett.

Educated at the independent Nottingham High School he read law at Jesus College, Cambridge, graduating in 1974.

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