Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government


The minister is based within the Department for Communities and Local Government, and is responsible for:

  • departmental business in the House of Lords
  • productivity, procurement and value for money
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • transparency
  • QEII Conference Centre

Current role holder: Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE

Baroness Stowell was raised to the Peerage in 2011. She is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.


She was educated at Chilwell Comprehensive School and Broxtowe College of Further Education.

Political career

After entering the House of Lords in January 2011, Baroness Stowell was promoted to the front bench as a government whip in September 2011. In September the following year, she was promoted to Conservative Deputy Chief Whip and became government spokesman for women and equalities, as well as government spokesman for work and pensions. On 7 October 2013 Baroness Stowell was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Career before Parliament

Baroness Stowell was a civil servant between 1986 and 1996, including at the Ministry of Defence, the British Embassy in Washington and 10 Downing Street. After leaving the civil service she worked in the private sector for a couple of years, mainly in the media sector. She also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Conservative Party between 1998 and 2001. After working for the Conservative Party, she moved to the BBC and spent time in various roles, including as Head of Corporate Affairs between 2008 and 2010.

Personal life

Baroness Stowell was awarded her MBE for services to the Prime Minister’s Office in 1996.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Baroness Hanham CBE

    • 2010 to 2013


under the responsibility of Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

  1. Making European funding work better for the UK economy

    • 21 February 2014


by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

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