Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Responsibilities

The Baroness is responsible for:

  • departmental business in the House of Lords
  • local government finance and policy
  • integration and faith
  • HS2
  • Travellers
  • supporting the Secretary of State on City Deals and Troubled Families
  • women and equalities, including race equality (supporting the Department for Education in the Lords)

Current role holder: Baroness Williams of Trafford

Baroness Williams was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government in May 2015. She is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.

Education

Baroness Williams was educated at La Sagesse High School and the University of Huddersfield, from which she was awarded a BSc in applied nutrition.

Political career

Baroness Williams was a member of Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council between 1998 and 2011, serving as leader of the Conservative group between 2002 and 2009 and as Council Leader between 2004 and 2009. She was raised to the peerage in 2013.

Career outside politics

Baroness Williams was a non-executive director of the North West Development Agency between 2007 and 2011 and was the Chair (North West) of the Heritage Lottery Fund between 2011 and 2012. She has also served on the board of the Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company and as a member of the Greater Manchester Police Authority.

More recently she was a director of the North West Rail Campaign and executive director of Atlantic Gateway.

Personal life

Baroness Williams is married and has a son and 2 daughters.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Stephen Williams

    • 2013 to 2015
  2. The Rt Hon Don Foster

    • 2012 to 2013
  3. Andrew Stunell OBE

    • 2010 to 2012

Policies

  1. Equality
  2. HS2: high speed rail
  3. Support for families
  4. City Deals and Growth Deals
  5. Local government spending
  6. Community integration

Announcements

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  1. Eid message from Baroness Williams

    • 17 July 2015
    • Press release
  2. £3.2 million funding to help victims of domestic violence and abuse

    • 9 July 2015
    • Press release
  3. One month to go 'til the launch of the 2015 Our Big Gig!

    • 10 June 2015
    • Press release
  4. New measures will keep the country building across the housing market

    • 27 March 2015
    • Press release
  5. Making it easier for communities to set up new town and parish councils

    • 27 March 2015
    • Press release
  6. Appointments maintain and enhance expertise of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee

    • 27 March 2015
    • Press release
  7. Cheers all round for Community Pubs Day

    • 23 March 2015
    • Press release
  8. Tenant involvement could save millions says Communities Minister Stephen Williams

    • 23 March 2015
    • News story
  9. Funding boost to safeguard Cornish language announced

    • 13 March 2015
    • Press release
  10. Supporting new town and parish councils

    • 11 March 2015
    • Statement to Parliament