Government Minister- Baroness Stowell of Beeston

Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal.

Responsible for organisation of government business in the house, providing assistance to all Lords and offering advice on procedure. The leader also expresses collective feelings of the House on formal occasions, such as motions of thanks or congratulations.

Before July 2014 this role was covered by Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Baroness Stowell was appointed Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal on 15 July 2014. She was raised to the peerage in 2011 and is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.

Educated at Chilwell Comprehensive School and Broxtowe College of Further Education.

Entered House of Lords in January 2011 promoted to front bench as Government Whip in September 2011.

Promoted to Conservative Deputy Chief Whip in September 2012 and became government spokesperson for Women and Equalities and for Work and Pensions.

Appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 7 October 2013.

She was a Civil Servant between 1986 and 1996 including at Ministry of Defence, British Embassy in Washington and 10 Downing Street. After leaving Civil Service she worked in the private sector for a couple of years, mainly in the Media Sector. She also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the leader of the Conservative Party between 1998 and 2001.

Moved to the BBC and spent time in various roles including as Head of Corporate Affairs between 2008 and 2010.

Awarded MBE for services to the Prime Ministers office in 1996.

Baroness Stowell

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