- Gillian Shephard, Baroness Shephard of Northwold
Gillian Patricia Shephard, Baroness Shephard of Northwold, PC (born
January 22, 1940, Cromer) is a British Conservative politician; she was the Member of Parliamentfor South West Norfolk, and a former Secretary of Stateand is now Parliamentary President of the Conservative Friends of Israel. [http://www.charlestannock.com/091202.asp]
Early life and career
Born Gillian Patricia Watts, the daughter of Reginald and Bertha Watts, she was educated at North Walsham Girls' High School on "Park Lane" in
North Walsham, and St Hilda's College University of Oxford, gaining an MA in Modern Languages, after which she became a school teacher and a worked as an Education Inspector for Norfolk County Councilfrom 1963-75. From 1975-77, she worked for Anglia Television. She was elected to Parliament in 1987, and became PPS to Peter Lilleyin 1988. She was made Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Social Securityin 1989, and then in 1990, Minister of State at HM Treasury. In 1991, she was given the additional role of Deputy Chairman of the Party. She married Thomas Shephard on December 27, 1975. They have two stepsons.
After the 1992 general election, she was made
Secretary of State for Employment, then Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foodin 1993. She moved to Secretary of State for Educationin 1994, and stayed at the department when the Department for Employmentmerged into it in 1995. She remained in this position until the 1997 general election.
After the defeat of the Conservatives,
William Haguemade her Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, and then Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regionsin 1998. She returned to the backbenches in 1999, and stepped down from the House of Commons at the 2005 general election.
May 13, 2005, it was announced that she would be created a life peer, and on June 21, 2005, the peerage was created as Baroness Shephard of Northwold, of Northwold in the County of Norfolk.
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