Jenny Randerson, Baroness Randerson

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The Right Honourable
The Baroness Randerson
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Under Secretary of State for Wales
In office
5 September 2012 – 8 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by David Jones
Succeeded by Nick Bourne
Deputy First Minister for Wales
In office
6 July 2001 – 13 June 2002
First Minister Rhodri Morgan
Preceded by Michael German
Succeeded by Michael German
Minister for Culture, Sport and the Welsh Language
In office
17 October 2000 [1] – 30 April 2003
First Minister Rhodri Morgan
Preceded by New post
Succeeded by Alun Pugh
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Cardiff Central
In office
6 May 1999 – 5 May 2011
Preceded by New Assembly
Succeeded by Jenny Rathbone
Majority 6,565 (29.3%)
Personal details
Born (1948-05-26) 26 May 1948 (age 70)
London, England
Political party Liberal Democrats
Spouse(s) Peter Randerson
Residence Cardiff, Wales
Alma mater Bedford College, London

Jennifer Elizabeth Randerson, Baroness Randerson (born 26 May 1948) is a Welsh Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords.[2] She is former junior minister in the Wales Office, with specific responsibility for education.[3]

She is a former Cardiff councillor and was an AM from 1999 to 2011, when she was created a life peer. She was a member of the Welsh Labour-Lib Dem administration of the 2000–2003 Welsh Assembly Government.[4]


Randerson was educated at Bedford College, University of London, BSc Physiology and Biochemistry, 1983, now part of Royal Holloway, University of London.[5] She was a Cardiff councillor 1983-2000 and was a lecturer at Cardiff Tertiary College. She led the official opposition on the Council in Cardiff for four years. She introduced "Creative Future", a culture strategy for Wales and "Iaith Pawb", a strategy for the promulgation of the Welsh language.[6]

National Assembly for Wales[edit]

She was Minister for Culture, Sport and the Welsh Language in the Liberal Democrat/Labour Partnership Government from 2000 to 2003. She was acting Welsh Deputy First Minister from 6 July 2001 to 13 June 2002. She was Health and Social Services; Equal Opportunities and Finance Spokeswoman for the Welsh Liberal Democrats during the Second Assembly. She chaired Assembly Business and Standing Orders Committees during the Second Assembly.[citation needed]

Jenny stood for the leadership of the Welsh Liberal Democrats in 2008 but was defeated by Kirsty Williams who gained 60% to Jenny's 40% of the all member ballot. In the third Assembly Jenny Randerson was the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Education, Transport and the Economy. She did not seek re-election at the 2011 Assembly elections, with Nigel Howells - her Liberal Democrat successor, being narrowly defeated by Jenny Rathbone.[citation needed]

House of Lords[edit]

On 27 January 2011, she was created a life peer as Baroness Randerson, of Roath Park in the City of Cardiff[7] and was introduced in the House of Lords on 31 January 2011,[8] and sits on the Liberal Democrat benches. On 4 September 2012, she was appointed a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Wales Office.[9]

Baroness Randerson is the first female Welsh Liberal Democrat to hold ministerial office at Westminster and the first Welsh Liberal to hold a ministerial post since Gwilym Lloyd-George in 1945. Although English by birth and upbringing, she is also the first female non Labour Welsh politician to hold a government post at Westminster.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ Notice of life peerage for Jenny Randerson,; accessed 20 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Nick Clegg: Randerson's Wales Office focus on education". BBC. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  4. ^ Profile,; accessed 20 March 2014.
  5. ^ Royal Holloway College, Higher Magazine No.17, autumn 2012, accessed 24 November 2012
  6. ^ Jenny Randerson official website; accessed 20 March 2014.
  7. ^ "No. 59687". The London Gazette. 1 February 2011. p. 1657.
  8. ^ House of Lords Business, Monday 31 January 2011; accessed 20 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Wales Office: Lib Dem Baroness Randerson made minister". BBC News. 5 September 2012.

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Offices held[edit]

National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
(New Post)
Assembly Member for Cardiff Central
Succeeded by
Jenny Rathbone
Political offices
Preceded by
(new post)
Minister for Culture, Sport and the Welsh Language
2000 – 2003
Succeeded by
Alun Pugh
Preceded by
Michael German
Deputy First Minister for Wales
6 July 2001 – 13 June 2002 (acting)
Succeeded by
Michael German
Preceded by
David Jones
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Wales Office
5 September 2012 -
Succeeded by