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Amos, Valerie Ann (Baroness Amos of Brondesbury)

Born: 1954 AD
Currently alive, at 61 years of age.

Nationality: Guyanese
Categories: Politician


1954 - Born in March 13th in British Guiana [now Guyana]. British politician, the first woman of African descent to serve in a British cabinet and as leader of the House of Lords.

1976 - She was educated at Townley Grammar School for Girls and received a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Warwick.

1977 - Earned a master's degree in cultural studies from the University of Birmingham.

1981 - Began a career in local government working in various London boroughs.

1984 - She was Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

         - She was a management consultant.

1994 - She was managing director of Quality and Equality.

1997 - She was created  Baroness Amos, of Brondesbury in the London Borough of Brent on September 24th.

2001 - She became parliamentary under-secretary of state in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

2003 - She was appointed leader of the House of Lords, the third ever woman to hold the post.

         - Took over as International Development Secretary after the resignation of Clare Short, thereby becoming the first black woman to sit in the cabinet.


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