Baroness Valarie Amos’s political career began in 1981 where she worked in Equal Opportunities, Training and Management Services until 1989. She was a co-founder of Amos Fraser Bernard, and director (1995-1998) where she advised the South African Government on public service reform, human rights and employment equality.
She was created a life peer in 1997 by Tony Blair. From 1998-2001 she was a government whip in the House of Lords. She was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office in June, 2001. Amos was the first joint black woman peer and the third woman in history to lead the upper House of Parliament. In recent months she has been awarded a number of accolades including being voted the most powerful black woman in the UK, and awarded ‘Peer of the Year’ by Dods political publishers in the same week.
In this talk, delivered in Coventry Cathedral, Baroness Amos discusses faith and politics in a multicultural society.