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Glenys Kinnock

Glenys Kinnock

Glenys Kinnock is our frontbench spokesperson on international development matters in the House of Lords.  Glenys joined the Lords as a life Peer in 2009.


Glenys brings a wealth of experience to her work here in the Lords, particularly in the area of international development and foreign affairs.  In the previous Labour Government Glenys was Minister for Europe (2009) and a Minister of State with responsibility for Africa, the Caribbean, Central America and the UN (October 2009 until the 2010 election).  Before entering the Lords, Glenys represented Wales in the European Parliament for 15 years (1994-2009) where she was a member of the European Parliament’s Development and Co-operation Committee and co-president of the African, Caribbean and Pacific-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (2002-2009).  


Glenys started her professional career in education.  She spent almost thirty years (1965-1993) as a primary and secondary school teacher in Wales and retains an ongoing interest in education through her membership of the National Union of Teachers. 


Glenys is a member of the GMB and patron, president or board member of a large number of charitable organisations, including Charter Housing, Advisory Board of Global Witness, Saferworld, Burma Campaign UK, the European Centre for Development, the Overseas Development Institute, IDEA and EXDPM. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 1989 founded One World Action. She has published a number of books primarily based on African politics.


In her free time, Glenys enjoys playing with her grandchildren, reading, going to the cinema and theatre, and creating masterpieces in the kitchen.

For more information, read Glenys' Parliamentary biography - available here.