Baroness Northover


Baroness Northover was appointed to the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development on 4 November 2014.

She was previously Lead Government Spokesperson in the House of Lords for DFID from September 2011 to November 2014, lead Government Spokesperson for Women and Equalities (2012-14), and government whip and spokesperson for Justice (2010-12), Law Officers (2010-11), DFID (2010-11), DCMS (2012-13), Defra (2012-14) , Health (2010-2013) , Women and Equalities (2010-12), Education (2013-14).

She is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords.


Baroness Northover studied at Oxford University, later winning scholarships to the USA where she gained her master’s and PhD.

Political career

Baroness Northover entered the House of Lords in 2000 and was appointed Health Spokesperson. In 2002 she became Liberal Democrat Front Bench Spokesperson on International Development. As a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union, she served on the Sub Committees on Foreign Affairs, Defence and International Development, and Economic Affairs, Finance and International Trade. She was Chair of Women Liberal Democrats, the Health and Welfare Association and a trustee of the Liberal Democrats.

Career outside politics

Baroness Northover was a lecturer at University College, London, and the Wellcome Institute. She is a former trustee of UNICEF and the Tropical Health and Education Trust, a council member of the Overseas Development Institute and Vice Chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development
  2. Baroness in Waiting (Government Whip)


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