Susan Williams, Baroness Williams of Trafford

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Minister for Equalities
Assumed office
9 January 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by Nick Gibb
Minister of State for Countering Extremism
Assumed office
17 July 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded byOffice established
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
In office
11 May 2015 17 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Lord Ahmed of Wimbledon
Succeeded by Marcus Jones
Government Whip
In office
April 2014 11 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by The Earl Attlee
Succeeded by Viscount Younger of Leckie
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 51)
Blackrock, Cork, Ireland
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; [1] born 16 May 1967) [2] [3] [4] is a junior minister in the Government of the United Kingdom and a Conservative life peer.

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Williams was educated at La Sagesse High School, a Roman Catholic private school in Newcastle upon Tyne, and the University of Huddersfield, where she gained a BSc in Applied Nutrition. [5] [6]

La Sagesse was a Roman Catholic private school in the suburb of Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The school closed in 2008.

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University of Huddersfield

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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. [7]

Altrincham (ward)

Altrincham is an electoral ward of Trafford covering the Town Centre and inner areas of Altrincham, Greater Manchester. The ward usually elects Conservative councillors, but has on occasions elected Labour councillors, and currently has two Green Party councillors, alongside one Conservative councillors.

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Hale, Greater Manchester village and electoral ward in Trafford, Greater Manchester, England

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In April 2014, Baroness Williams of Trafford succeeded Earl Attlee as baroness-in-waiting (government whip). [8]

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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. [9]

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Personal life

Susan is married to Alex Williams. [1] She has three children, Jessica, Edward and Elizabeth.

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