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Baroness Thornton joins the Department of Health

Published on: 23/02/10

Baroness Thornton has been appointed parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department of Health.

Prior to this she was government whip in the House of Lords and government spokesperson for health, education and for equality.

She acted as Lord Darzi’s number two on parliamentary matters in the Lords and worked on the last two Health Bills, including leading on the Health Act 2009 in its later stages.

She has been working as number two on the Equality Bill and will continue to work on this in her new post.

Baroness Thornton was appointed to the House of Lords in July 1998 and was an active backbench member before joining the Whip’s office in 2008.

In 2007 she sponsored a private member’s bill raising the issue of advertising of junk food to children on television.

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