Angela Billingham is Labour’s frontbench spokesperson on sports matters in the House of Lords. Angela joined the Lords as a life Peer in 2000.
Since her introduction, Angela has been an active advocate on sports issues in the Lords. She Chairs the All Party Parliamentary group on tennis and through her frontbench position is working hard to make sure the Olympics are a success. Outside of sports, Angela was asked to Chair the Corby Urban Regeneration Council by the Prime Minister(2002-2007).
Before entering the Lords, Angela was a Member of the European Parliament and had a lengthy dual career for a number of years as both a teacher and a local councillor in the Banbury and Cherwell areas. In 1994, Angela was elected as a Member of the European Parliament and served as an effective Chief Whip of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament (1994-1999). She was a councillor on the Banbury Council (1970-1993), including Mayor of Banbury (1976), and a councillor on the Oxfordshire County Council (1991-1993).
Angela brings front-line knowledge of professional sport to her work here in the Lords. She played tennis at Wimbledon in the 1960s and has a family who are equally enthusiastic about the game, including a daughter who also played at Wimbledon in the 1980’s and a grandson who plays tennis at the national level. Angela is working with Judy Murray to pass the love of tennis on to kids as a long-term supporter of the charity “Tennis 4 Free”– which enables disadvantaged children to play tennis for free. She was a regular pundit on Sky News working on the newspaper review (2000-2008).
Angela has a wicked sense of humour and is a woman who knows her own mind!
For more information, read Angela's Parliamentary biography - available here.