Lindsay Northover

Baroness Northover of Cissbury, Government Whip

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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