Lindsay Northover

Baroness Northover

Lindsay Northover is Government Spokesperson on International Development and Government Whip and Spokesperson for Health, DEFRA, and Women and Equalities.  She is also a Baroness-in-Waiting to the Queen.

Lindsay Northover became a Life Peer in May 2000.   She served as health spokesperson 2000-2002, and then became lead frontbench Spokesperson on International Development.  She has been a member of various House of Lords Select Committees including those on Embryonic Stem Cell Research (2001–02), and on the European Union (Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and International Development 2003–04; Sub-Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs, 2008–10).  She was appointed in the Coalition Government as a Whip and Spokesperson in May 2010, becoming lead Spokesperson on International Development in September 2011.

Lindsay Northover was a Member of Council of the Overseas Development Institute, 2005–2010; Trustee of the Tropical Health and Education Trust, 2007–10; Vice-Chair of the British Council Associate Parliamentary Group, 2007–10; Vice-Chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, 2008–10; Trustee of the Liberal Democrats, 2009–11; Trustee of UNICEF UK, 2009–10; Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV/AIDS; Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Aid, Debt and Trade; and Secretary of the All Party Group on Overseas Development. 

Lindsay Northover stood for Parliament three times.   She was a member of the committee which negotiated the Liberal/SDP merger 1987-8, Chair of the SDP Health and Welfare Association and of the Parliamentary Candidates’ Association 1987-1991, and is currently Vice-President.  She was Chair of Women Liberal Democrats, 1992-1995.  

She was educated at Brighton & Hove High School and St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, where she received an MA in Modern History.  She was then awarded an English-Speaking Union Fellowship to study at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania, where she gained an MA and PhD.   She was a Research Fellow at University College London, St. Mark’s Hospital, and St. Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, and later became a Lecturer at University College London and the Wellcome Institute.

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