Tina Stowell, Baroness Stowell of Beeston

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The Right Honourable
The Baroness Stowell of Beeston
MBE PC
The Baroness Stowell.jpg
Leader of the House of Lords
In office
15 July 2014 – 14 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Deputy The Earl Howe
Preceded by The Lord Hill of Oareford
Succeeded by The Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
Lord Privy Seal
In office
15 July 2014 – 14 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Andrew Lansley
Succeeded by The Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
Personal details
Born (1967-07-02) 2 July 1967 (age 49)
Beeston, England, UK
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Central College Nottingham
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Tina Wendy Stowell, Baroness Stowell of Beeston, MBE, PC (born 2 July 1967),[1] is a Conservative politician and member of the House of Lords.

On 15 July 2014, Lady Stowell was appointed Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal in HM Government. She was succeeded by The Rt. Hon. Natalie Evans, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park in Theresa May's new cabinet on 14 July 2016.

Early life[edit]

She grew up in Beeston, Nottinghamshire and attended Chilwell Comprehensive School (now called Chilwell School)[citation needed], gaining five O-levels, then went to Broxtowe College of Further Education in Beeston[citation needed]. Her father was a self-employed[citation needed] painter and decorator, and her mother worked in a local factory.[2]

Career[edit]

After leaving school Stowell worked between 1986 and 1988 in the UK Ministry of Defence. She was then employed at the British Embassy in the United States until 1991 before transferring to the Prime Minister's Press Office where she served under John Major. It was as a result of her performance in this position that in the 1996 Birthday Honours she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).[3]

She later worked at Conservative Party Headquarters during William Hague's tenure as party leader and was his Deputy Chief of Staff.[4][5]

Stowell subsequently worked as Head of Corporate Affairs at the BBC, and before that as Head of Communications for three Chairmen of the BBC: Gavyn Davies, Michael Grade, and Michael Lyons.[6][citation needed]

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

On 18 September 2011, Lady Stowell was appointed a Baroness-in-Waiting to the Queen, following the promotion of the former Lord-in-Waiting Lord Taylor of Holbeach to be a junior Minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.[9]

In 2013, Lady Stowell was responsible for successfully steering the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales through the House of Lords. She was subsequently promoted to the post of Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government[10] and has defended overseas property investors in London.[11]

In a July 2014 cabinet reshuffle, she was appointed Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords, without being a member of the Cabinet, though she was allowed to attend its meetings. Following the 2015 General Election, Baroness Stowell was promoted to a full member of the Cabinet. [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ Walters, Simon (2014-11-01). "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 2016-07-22. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54427. p. 23. 15 June 1996.
  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 (2008-09-04). "Tina Stowell to join BBC management". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 59670. p. 419. 13 January 2011.
  8. ^ House of Lords Minute of Proceedings, 13 January 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Crime minister Browning resigns". BBC News. 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  10. ^ "Tory Baroness Stowell who guided equal marriage through the House of Lords promoted to junior minister". PinkNews. 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  11. ^ "Foreign buyers and the housing crisis". www.standard.co.uk. 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  12. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle: Amber Rudd and Sajid Javid promoted". BBC News. 2015-05-11. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 

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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