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Margaret Jay Baroness Jay of Paddington

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Margaret Jay, Baroness Jay of Paddington, is a Former Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for Women. A Labour politician and former BBC television producer and presenter, she is a pioneer of women’s issues and has longstanding interests in health and constitutional affairs. Baroness Jay was a journalist for more than 20 years before becoming a force in British government. In 1992, she was appointed a “working peer” to the House of Lords by the Labour Party. In 1998, she became Leader of the House of Lords, and was also named Minister for Women, a position from which she pushed for changes in government policy. Today, Baroness Jay serves on committees in the House of Lords focusing on health, communications and international issues. In 2016, she delivered a Stony Brook University Presidential Lecture on the new populism in America and Britain.

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