Sandip Verma, Baroness Verma

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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development
In office
7 May 2015 13 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by The Baroness Northover
Succeeded by James Wharton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
In office
4 September 2012 7 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by The Lord Marland
Succeeded by The Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
Government Whip
In office
11 May 2010 4 September 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by The Baroness Crawley
Succeeded by The Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
2 June 2006
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1959-06-30) 30 June 1959 (age 60)
Political party Conservative

Sandip K. Verma, Baroness Verma (born 30 June 1959) [1] known until 1977 as Sandip K. Rana, is an Indian-English politician in the United Kingdom. An appointed member of the House of Lords, she is Ministerial Champion for Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Overseas, a role who chairs the UN Women's national committee. [2] Verma has been the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, from 2015 to 2016.


Born in Amritsar in the Punjab, India, as a child Verma migrated with her parents to England, arriving in 1960. [3] In 1977, aged seventeen, she married Ashok Verma. [4] They have children. [3]

She made her living in their high fashion business before she invested in supplying residential care. This was enabled by the Conservative party's policy of privatisation and the main customer was Leicester Council. [3]

Verma was an unsuccessful Conservative parliamentary candidate in Kingston upon Hull East at the 2001 United Kingdom general election, finishing third, and in Wolverhampton South West in the general election of 2005, coming second to the Labour incumbent, Rob Marris. [5]

On 2 June 2006, she was created a life peer, taking the title Baroness Verma, of Leicester in the County of Leicestershire . [6] [7] The same year, she was appointed as a Patron of the Tory Reform Group.

Until the formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition following the May 2010 general election, Verma was an Opposition Whip and Conservative Spokesperson in the House of Lords on Education and Skills and for Health. In 2010 she became a Government Whip and Spokesperson for the Cabinet Office, International Development, and Equalities and Women's Issues. [8]

She was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Energy and Climate Change from 2012 to 2015, and then for International Development from May 2015 to July 2016. [9] [10] [11]

Africa Rising Ladies Conference with Justina Mutale, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Baroness Verma Africa Rising Ladies Conference with Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Baroness Sandip Verma and Justina Mutale.jpg
Africa Rising Ladies Conference with Justina Mutale, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Baroness Verma

When the new Theresa May ministry was formed in July 2016, following the resignation of David Cameron, Verma was not included in it.

Verma was adopted as the Conservative candidate for the position of directly-elected Mayor of Leicester in 2019. [12] She lost to Labour's Peter Soulsby, coming second with 14,519 votes compared to Sir Peter's 51,444 votes. Later that year she as Ministerial Champion for Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Overseas, was chosen to chair the UN Women's national committee for three years. [2]

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