Government minister Peter Mandelson visits the Nissan car factory in Sunderland to see how they are taking advantage of the new global low carbon economy. Peter Benjamin Mandelson was born in London in 1953. He is a British Labour politician and appointed Secretary of state for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on 3 October 2008. Mandelson is regarded as one of the main players along with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown of the modern Labour Party and its re-branding as 'New Labour'. He was made a life peer (Lord Mandelson) in 2008 so he would have voting and speaking rights in the House of Lords.