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The Right Honourable
 The Baroness Royall of Blaisdon
 PC


Incumbent
Assumed office 
3 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by The Baroness Ashton of Upholland

Incumbent
Assumed office 
5 June 2009
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Liam Byrne

In office
2 October 2008 – 5 June 2009
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by The Baroness Ashton of Upholland
Succeeded by The Lord Mandelson

In office
24 January 2008 – 3 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by The Lord Grocott
Succeeded by The Lord Bassam of Brighton

Born 20 August 1955 (1955-08-20) (age 54)
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Stuart Hercock
Alma mater Westfield College

Janet Anne Royall, Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, PC (born 20 August 1955) is a British Labour politician, who is the current Leader of the House of Lords.

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Early life and politics

Janet "Jan" Royall was educated at the Royal Forest of Dean Grammar School and Westfield College, University of London where she gained a BA in Spanish and French in 1977.

Royall was a special adviser to Neil Kinnock, the Leader of the Labour Party, in the 1980s, and she has remained a close ally of his ever since. She sought selection as Labour's candidate for Ogmore in a 2002 by-election. However, the constituency party preferred Huw Irranca-Davies as their candidate. When in 2003 she became head of the European Union's office in Wales there were calls for her to stand down because of her Labour connections.

On 25 June 2004 she was created Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, of Blaisdon in the County of Gloucestershire.[1] In the House of Lords, she became a Government whip, as well as being Government Spokesman for Health, for International Development and for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She took on her role of Government Chief Whip following the resignation of Lord Grocott on 24 January 2008, and was created a Privy Councillor in the same year.

On 3 October 2008, she was promoted to the cabinet by Gordon Brown, who made her Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. On Friday June 5 2009, Royall's title of Lord President was given to Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary. However, she gained the title of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Family

She is married to Stuart Hercock and has a daughter, Charlotte and two sons, Ned and Henry.

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Grocott
Chief Whip of the House of Lords
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
The Lord Bassam of Brighton
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms
2007–2008
Preceded by
The Baroness Ashton of Upholland
Lord President of the Council
2008–2009
Succeeded by
The Lord Mandelson
Leader of the House of Lords
2008–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Liam Byrne
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
2009–present
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