Sandip Verma, Baroness Verma

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Baroness Verma at the Mock Council of the European Union.

Sandip Verma, Baroness Verma (born 30 June 1959)[1] is a businesswoman, member of the House of Lords, and has been a junior minister at the Department of Energy and Climate Change since 6 September 2012.[2] She was formerly a Government Whip and Spokesperson for the Cabinet Office, International Development and Equalities and Women's Issues.[3] Until the formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition following the May 2010 general election she had been an Opposition Whip and Spokesperson for Education and Skills and for Health. In 2006 Lady Verma was made a Patron of the Tory Reform Group

Born in Amritsar in Punjab, India she moved as a child with her parents to England in 1960. She was created a Conservative life peer on 2 June 2006 taking the title Baroness Verma, of Leicester in the County of Leicestershire,[4][5] having been an unsuccessful parliamentary candidate in two general elections (2001 and 2005) - in Hull East in 2001, where she finished third, and in Wolverhampton South West in 2005, where she came second to the Labour incumbent, Rob Marris.[6] Since 1977, Lady Verma has been married to Ashok Verma. They have a daughter and a son.


Baroness Verma is a member of the International Trade Council[7][unreliable source?]


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian (Guardian Media). 30 June 2014. p. 33. 
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  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 58004. p. 7793. 7 June 2006.
  5. ^ House of Lords (2006-06-22). "Announcement of her introduction at the House of Lords". minutes of proceedings. Retrieved 2006-10-28. 
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  7. ^ International Trade Council