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JUDITH BLAKE: Baroness inducted to the House of Lords

JUDITH BLAKE: Baroness inducted to the House of Lords

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The former Leader of Leeds City Council, Baroness Judith Blake, was today formally introduced to the House of Lords.

A ceremonial introduction took place in the chamber at noon today, where Baroness Blake gave her affirmation to the Queen.

Lady Blake wore the traditional scarlet robes for the short introduction ceremony where she swore the oath of allegiance.

She was flanked by supporters and fellow Labour peers Lord Blunkett, a former Sheffield MP, and Lord Kennedy of Southwark.

Her full title is Baroness Blake of Leeds, of Gledhow of the City of Leeds.

It follows an announcement in December 2020 that she had been formally nominated by the Labour Party to take up a life peerage. Baroness Blake will also stand down as a ward councillor for Middleton Park at May’s local elections.

She said: “It is a true honour and a privilege to represent my home city of Leeds in the House of Lords. I am determined to now use my position there to promote the interests of our city in Westminster.”

Baroness Blake served as the leader of Leeds City Council from 2015 to 2021, having been a Leeds city councillor since 1996.

Judith became deputy leader of the Leeds Labour group in 2003 and, following a six year stint out of Leeds Council control, the party was returned to power in 2010. Following the stepping down of then-leader Keith Wakefield, Coun Blake became Leeds City Council’s first female leader in 2015.

Her daughter, Olivia Blake, has been Labour MP for Sheffield Hallam since 2019.

Words: Richard Beecham, Local Democracy Reporter

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