Christine Crawley is one of Labour’s two Deputy Chief Whips in the House of Lords, a post she has held since the 2010 General Election. Christine joined the Lords as a life Peer in 1998.
In her role as Deputy Chief Whip, Christine has general responsibility for ensuring that business runs as smoothly as possible - including speaking in debates from the frontbench when others are unavailable. She takes special responsibility for pastoral care on the Labour benches.
Christine was a teacher in London and Oxfordshire for a number of years before being elected to the European Parliament as the MEP for Birmingham East in 1984, where she served until 1999 and as Deputy Leader of her group from 1994. She joined the Government benches in 2002 where she covered a range of subjects through to 2010 including Defence, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, International Development, Education, Transport and Northern Ireland.
She retains good links to the business community through being President of the Trading Standards Institute, a post she has held since 2009.
In her free time she is an active grandparent and keeps up with her interests in Irish and Latin American literature and amateur dramatics.
For more information, read Christine's Parliamentary biography - available here.