Minister of State for the Home Office

Baroness Williams of Trafford

Biography

Baroness Williams was appointed Minister of State at the Home Office on 17 July 2016. 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. She previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government from May 2015 until July 2016.

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.

Minister of State for the Home Office

The Minister of State is responsible for:

  • all Home Office business in the House of Lords
  • devolution

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the Northern Powerhouse)

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Baroness in Waiting (Government Whip)

    • 2014 to 2015

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  1. Baroness Williams of Trafford speech to Tell MAMA conference

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  2. New £1.5 million funding to bring communities together

    • Press release
  3. From London to the north, HS2 offers boost to housing, jobs and economic growth

    • News story
  4. £80 million to stop violence against women and girls

    • News story
  5. £3.5 million awarded to make sure domestic abuse victims get help

    • Press release
  6. Youth-led website launched to end FGM

    • Press release
  7. Pupils praised at WW1 commemorations

    • Press release
  8. Austrian Foreign Minister sees how Britain’s diverse communities are thriving

    • Press release
  9. First World War heroes commemorated as Britain remembers Battle of Loos

    • Press release
  10. Councils, bid now to support victims of domestic abuse

    • Press release