Baroness Stowell of Beeston was Leader of the House of Lords and the Lord Privy Seal until July 2016.
Tina Stowell was made a peer by David Cameron in January 2011 and joined the Government in September the same year. Whilst a junior minister she led two pieces of legislation successfully through the House of Lords in 2013, including the landmark Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act. Much to everyone’s surprise, the majority in favour of changing England’s marriage law was larger in the House of Lords than in the House of Commons and the bill was backed by the majority of Conservative peers. This achievement was recognised by the Spectator, Stonewall and PinkNews with awards in the same year.
David Cameron promoted her to the Cabinet as Leader of the House of Lords and the Lord Privy Seal in 2014 and re-apppointed her to the same post when the Conservatives returned to power after the 2015 General Election. The Cameron government’s full programme of legislation was delivered during the first session of the 2015 Parliament even though it was the first time the Conservatives have been in power without a majority in the House of Lords.
Before being appointed a peer and joining the House of Lords Tina Stowell’s career for the previous 25 years crisscrossed government, politics and the media.
Until September 2010, she was the BBC’s Head of Corporate Affairs. Throughout her nine years at the BBC she worked at the heart of the organisation and was as an adviser to three BBC chairmen (Gavyn Davies, Michael Grade and Michael Lyons).
Before joining the BBC in November 2001 she ran William Hague’s office when he was Leader of the Conservative Party and was responsible for coordinating the work of teams across Conservative HQ to deliver political and campaign strategy.
Before that, she spent two years away from the world of government and politics from 1996 to 1998 working in a range of places, including a short spell at Granada Media and working for Sir David Frost at Paradine, his own independent television and film production company.
She was a civil servant for ten years, working at the Ministry of Defence in London, the British Embassy in Washington and the 10 Downing Street Press Office from 1991 to 1996 when John Major was Prime Minister. She left the Civil Service at the age of 28 and was awarded the MBE in the 1996 Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List.
She has also worked independently and offered communications advice through her own consultancy, Tina Stowell Associates.
Tina Stowell was born and brought up in Beeston, just outside of Nottingham. She attended a local comprehensive and moved to London aged 18 to join the civil service as a secretary. She talked briefly about her family and route from Beeston to the House of Lords in her maiden speech and how her experiences motivate her own political priorities.
Before she joined the Government as a minister in 2011 she was an occasional blogger. Her posts are still available on this site. Now she’s no longer in Government she might blog occasionally again! She has been on Twitter since 2009 and you can follow her @tinastowell
You can find her spoken contributions to debates in the House of Lords here, and information about the offices she has held in the House of Lords and her entry in the Register of Interests is available here.
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