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Natalie Evans, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park

Natalie Jessica Evans, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, PC (born 29 November 1975) is a British Conservative Party politician serving as Leader of the House of Lords. She was made a life peer in 2014.

The Baroness Evans of Bowes Park

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Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal
Assumed office
14 July 2016
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byThe Baroness Stowell of Beeston
Government Whip
In office
8 May 2015 – 13 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byThe Baroness Jolly
Succeeded byThe Baroness Goldie
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
12 September 2014
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1975-11-29) 29 November 1975 (age 43)
Political partyConservative
Alma materNew Hall, Cambridge

Early life and educationEdit

Evans was born on 29 November 1975. She was educated at Rockport School, The Henrietta Barnett School and at New Hall, Cambridge, where she studied social and political sciences and graduated in 1998.[1][2][3]


In May 2010, she stood for election to the London Borough of Haringey as a Conservative Party candidate to be one of three councillors in the Bounds Green ward. She achieved 647 votes and was not elected.

On 5 November 2010, as Deputy Director at Policy Exchange, she introduced Home Secretary Theresa May at a speech about immigration hosted by Policy Exchange.[4]

Evans was the Director of the New Schools Network from January 2013 until May 2015, where she had previously been its Chief Operating Officer from 2011.[5] The New Schools Network is a registered charity, and supports groups who wish to set up free schools.[6]

Previously Evans was head of policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, and deputy director of the Conservative Research Department.[1][5]

House of LordsEdit

She was made life peer as Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, of Bowes Park in the London Borough of Haringey, on 12 September 2014.[7] Baroness Evans was formally introduced to the House of Lords along with Lord Cashman on 28 October 2014.[8] She was, at the time, the youngest female peer.[5]

Evans served as a government whip in the House of Lords during the 2015 government, and spoke briefly in January 2016 about how "education must be at the heart of our prison system if we are to rehabilitate effectively".[9][10] On 14 July 2016 Baroness Evans was appointed to the post of Leader of the House of Lords by then prime minister, Theresa May.[11] She remained in that office in July 2019 by Boris Johnson.

Personal lifeEdit

Her husband was employed as a Special Adviser by Sir Michael Fallon MP, when he served as Secretary of State for Defence.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Baroness Evans of Bowes Park - GOV.UK". Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  2. ^ Cambridge University List of Members, 1996
  3. ^ ‘EVANS OF BOWES PARK’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2015
  4. ^ "Immigration: Home Secretary's speech of 5 November 2010 - Speeches - GOV.UK". Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Storm as Tory party donors given peerages". Yorkshire Post. 9 August 2014 – via LexisNexis.
  6. ^ Wintour, Patrick (8 August 2014). "David Cameron in spotlight over two more peerages to Tory party donors". the Guardian. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  7. ^ "No. 60992". The London Gazette. 18 September 2014. p. 18154.
  8. ^ "Parliament UK: Parliamentary Calendar". Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Prime Minister's Office". The Times (1st National ed.). 23 May 2015. pp. 78–79 – via LexisNexis.
  10. ^ "Former inmate Lord Hanningfield calls for more prisoner education -". Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  11. ^ Sparrow, Andrew; Johnston, Chris (14 July 2016). "May's cabinet reshuffle: Michael Gove sacked and replaced with Elizabeth Truss - live updates". the Guardian. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Baroness Evans of Bowes Park". UK Parliament. Retrieved 15 January 2017.

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Preceded by
The Baroness Stowell of Beeston
Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Privy Seal
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Preceded by
The Baroness Stowell of Beeston
Leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords
Order of precedence in England and Wales
Preceded by
The Baroness Hale of Richmond
as President of the Supreme Court
as Lord Privy Seal
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