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20 under 40: Michael Dugher

Age: 36
Labour, Barnsley East

Political experience doesn't come much better (or worse) than this. Before he was elected in 2010, Michael Dugher worked at 10 Downing Street as the chief political spokesperson for Gordon Brown. He was also an adviser in departments across Whitehall, including Transport and Defence. Now, Dugher has cemented his proximity to power by succeeding Chuka Umunna as PPS to Ed Miliband.

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This article first appeared in the 19 September 2011 issue of the New Statesman, Meet the next Prime Minister