Susan Williams, Baroness Williams of Trafford

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Minister of State for Home Affairs [1]
Assumed office
17 July 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded by The Lord Keen of Elie
Minister of State for Equalities
In office
9 January 2018 13 February 2020
Prime Minister Theresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded by Nick Gibb
Succeeded by Kemi Badenoch
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
In office
11 May 2015 17 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by The Lord Ahmed of Wimbledon
Succeeded by Marcus Jones
Government Whip
In office
8 April 2014 11 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by The Earl Attlee
Succeeded by The Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
20 September 2013
Life Peerage
Personal details
Susan Frances Maria Fildes

(1967-05-16) 16 May 1967 (age 52)
Blackrock, Cork, Ireland
NationalityFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s)Alex Williams (2005)
ChildrenThree: Jessica, Edward and Elizabeth
Alma mater University of Huddersfield

Susan Frances Maria Williams, Baroness Williams of Trafford (néeMcElroy; [2] born 16 May 1967), [3] [4] [5] is a junior minister in the Government of the United Kingdom and a Conservative life peer.



Williams was educated at La Sagesse School, a Roman Catholic private school in Newcastle upon Tyne, and the University of Huddersfield, where she gained a BSc in Applied Nutrition. [6] [7]


She was a member of Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council from 1998 to 2011, representing Altrincham, and the council's leader from 2004–2009. She has also been a member of various public bodies in the North West region. As a parliamentary candidate, she first stood unsuccessfully for the safe Labour Wythenshawe and Sale East constituency in 2001, and for the Bolton West constituency in the 2010 General Election, losing by 92 votes. On 20 September 2013 she was created a life peer as Baroness Williams of Trafford, of Hale in the County of Greater Manchester. [8]

In April 2014, Baroness Williams of Trafford succeeded Earl Attlee as baroness-in-waiting (government whip). [9]

In 2015, David Cameron appointed Williams to his second government as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, On 28 May 2015 she introduced the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill 2015–16 to the House of Lords. [10]

Personal life

Susan is married to Alex Williams. [2] She has three children, Jessica, Edward and Elizabeth.

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  1. Minister of State for Countering Extremism from July 2016 to Feb 2020
  2. 1 2 Staff writer (29 August 2007). "Two things Blue as council leader marries colleague". Manchester Evening News . Trinity Mirror. Archived from the original on 11 June 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
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  4. Bookies tip Cork woman for MP seat. Irish Examiner. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  5. Susan Williams (Conservative) Manchester Evening News. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  6. "'Minister for Faith' role downgraded by government". Catholic Herald . 14 August 2015.
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