Ministerial role

Minister of State


The Minister of State will support the work of the Department for Exiting the European Union.

Responsibilities include:

● Departmental Business in the Lords, including the Repeal Bill

● Overseeing ongoing EU business

● Attending General Affairs Council

● Chairing the Joint Ministerial Committee on Europe

● Engagement with the Civil Society sector

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE

Baroness Anelay was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union on 12 June 2017. She is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.


She was educated at Enfield County School and Bristol, London and Brunel Universities.

Political career

Baroness Anelay was raised to the peerage in 1996 and served as an Opposition Spokesperson for various departments until being appointed Opposition Chief Whip in 2007. She was appointed the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict in June 2015. Prior to this she was Chief Whip in the House of Lords and Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms. She was made a Privy Counsellor in 2009.

She was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in August 2014. From July to October 2016 she had additional responsibility at the Department for International Development.

Career outside politics

Baroness Anelay was a history teacher between 1969 and 1974 and served as a magistrate between 1985 and 1997. She was also associated with the Citizens Advice Bureau in Woking from 1976 to 2010, including periods as a voluntary adviser, Chairman of the Management Committee and President of the CAB.

Personal life

Baroness Anelay has been married to Richard Anelay QC since 1970.


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