Tina Stowell, Baroness Stowell of Beeston

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The Baroness Stowell of Beeston

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Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal
In office
15 July 2014 – 14 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
DeputyThe Earl Howe
The Lord Wallace of Tankerness
Preceded byThe Lord Hill of Oareford (Leader of Lords)
Andrew Lansley (Lord Privy Seal)
Succeeded byThe Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
In office
7 October 2013 – 14 July 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byThe Baroness Hanham
Succeeded byThe Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Baroness-in-Waiting
Government Whip
In office
18 September 2011 – 7 October 2013
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byThe Lord Taylor of Holbeach
Succeeded byThe Lord Bates
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
10 January 2011
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1967-07-02) 2 July 1967 (age 51)
Beeston, England, UK
Political partyConservative
Alma materBroxtowe College

Tina Wendy Stowell, Baroness Stowell of Beeston, MBE PC (born 2 July 1967) is a British Conservative politician and member of the House of Lords.[1]

Baroness Stowell served as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal under David Cameron. She was succeeded by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 14 July 2016.

Early life and education[edit]

Stowell grew up in Beeston, Nottinghamshire. Her father was a painter/decorator and her mother worked in a local factory. She attended Chilwell Comprehensive School, where she gained five O-levels, followed by Broxtowe College in Beeston.[2]

Career[edit]

After leaving college, Stowell worked at the Ministry of Defence between 1986 and 1988. She was then employed at the British Embassy in the United States until 1991, before transferring to the No. 10 Press Office, where she served under the then-Prime Minister John Major. In recognition of her performance in this position, she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1996 Birthday Honours.[3]

Following the 1997 general election, Stowell worked at Conservative Party Headquarters during William Hague's tenure as party leader and was his Deputy Chief of Staff.[4][5]

In November 2001, Stowell joined the BBC as deputy secretary. She became Head of Communications for the BBC Trust in 2003, in which capacity she worked for three successive chairmen (Gavyn Davies, Michael Grade, and Sir Michael Lyons). In September 2008 she became the BBC's Head of Corporate Affairs.[6]

Peerage and Parliamentary career[edit]

Stowell was created a Life Peer as Baroness Stowell of Beeston, of Beeston in the County of Nottinghamshire, on 10 January 2011. She was introduced to the House of Lords, where she sits on the Conservative benches, on 13 January 2011.[7][8]

In 2010, Stowell sought the Conservative nomination for the safe seat of Bromsgrove[9] but lost to Sajid Javid.

On 18 September 2011, Baroness Stowell was appointed a Baroness-in-Waiting to the Queen, following the promotion of the former Lord-in-Waiting Lord Taylor of Holbeach (who became a junior minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).[10]

In 2013, Baroness Stowell with the guidance of Christopher Briggs was responsible for steering the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales through the House of Lords. She was subsequently, on 7 October 2013, promoted to the post of Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government.[11]

On 2 April 2014, she defended overseas property investors in London in a Parliamentary debate.[12]

In a cabinet reshuffle in July 2014, Baroness Stowell was appointed Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal. She also became a Privy Counsellor. In this capacity, though she was able to attend its meetings, she was not a full member of the Cabinet.

Following the 2015 general election, Baroness Stowell remained in her role and became a full member of the Cabinet.[13] She was succeeded by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 14 July 2016.[14]

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport selected Stowell to be the new chair of the Charity Commission for England and Wales. However in 2018 the parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee at their interview of Stowell unanimously refused to endorse the appointment due to "a complete lack of experience" and a lack of "any real insight, knowledge or vision".[15]

In 2018, it was reported that the Charity Commission for England and Wales, of which Stowell is Chair, would question The Transformation Trust, a charity which Stowell was a trustee of, over staff payments.[16]

Styles[edit]

  • 1967–1996: Miss Tina Stowell
  • 1996–2011: Miss Tina Stowell MBE
  • 2011–2014: The Rt Hon. The Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE
  • 2014–present: The Rt Hon. The Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE PC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  2. ^ Walters, Simon (1 November 2014). "Cake shop girl who became a gay icon (but still has her eye on George Clooney): SIMON WALTERS interviews Tory peer Baroness Stowell". Daily Mail. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  3. ^ "No. 54427". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 1996. p. 23.
  4. ^ "Press Release: Tina Stowell appointed Head of Corporate Affairs at BBC". BBC Trust. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  5. ^ "About Tina Stowell". tinastowell.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  6. ^ Leigh Holmwood (4 September 2008). "Tina Stowell to join BBC management". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  7. ^ "No. 59670". The London Gazette. 13 January 2011. p. 419.
  8. ^ House of Lords Minute of Proceedings, 13 January 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  9. ^ Curtis, Polly (18 February 2010). "BBC image chief accused of conflict of interest after seeking Tory seat". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Crime minister Browning resigns". BBC News. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Tory Baroness Stowell who guided equal marriage through the House of Lords promoted to junior minister". PinkNews. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Foreign buyers and the housing crisis". www.standard.co.uk. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle: Amber Rudd and Sajid Javid promoted". BBC News. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  14. ^ http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/lords/baroness-evans-of-bowes-park/4329
  15. ^ Sabbagh, Dan (21 February 2018). "MPs refuse to endorse former Tory minister as head of Charity Commission". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  16. ^ https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/regulator-question-baroness-stowells-former-charity-staff-payments/governance/article/1459092

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Hill of Oareford
Leader of the House of Lords
2014–2016
Succeeded by
The Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
Preceded by
Andrew Lansley
Lord Privy Seal
2014–2016
Party political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Hill of Oareford
Leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords
2014–2016
Succeeded by
The Baroness Evans of Bowes Park