Baroness Linda Chalker was Conservative MP for Wallasey in Essex from 1972-92 and Minister of State for Overseas Development from 1989-97. She remains heavily committed to overseas development, both as an independent consultant on Africa and Chairman of Africa Matters Ltd.
Baroness Marcia Falkender CBE graduated with a degree in History in 1954. She became secretary to the General Secretary of the Labour Party in 1955 and was Harold Wilson’s private and political secretary from 1956-83. Baroness Falkender became a member of the House of Lords in 1974.
The Rt. Hon. Peter Hain MP (Economics and Politics, 1973) is currently Shadow Secretary of State for Wales and has been Member of Parliament for the Welsh constituency of Neath since 1991. Peter served in the Labour government from 1997-2008, firstly as Leader of the House of Commons under Tony Blair and as both Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Secretary of State for Wales under Gordon Brown.
Dr Andrew Pocock (English and Drama, 1977; MA 1978) was Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe from February 2006-June 2009.
Baroness Jan Royall was Leader of the House of Lords from October 2008 to May 2010. She graduated from Westfield College with a BA in Spanish in 1976. Since 1979 she worked for the Labour Party, including stints in the European Parliament. For 10 years she was policy advisor, researcher and press officer to the Rt. Hon. Neil Kinnock MP. Jan is now the Shadow Leader of the House of Lords.
Caroline Spelman MP graduated with a degree in European Studies (German) in 1980 and has been MP for Meriden in the West Midlands since 1997. She was previously Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) (2010-12) and prior to that held a number of posts including shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, International Development and Spokesperson for Health. Caroline was also Chairman of the Conservative Party from.2007 to 2009.
Martin Uden (Law, 1976) was appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from February 2008. Martin has worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since 1977.
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