Angie Bray, Baroness Bray of Coln

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The Baroness Bray of Coln
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
8 November 2022
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for Ealing Central and Acton
In office
6 May 2010 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byConstituency Created
Succeeded byRupa Huq
Leader of the Conservative Party
in the London Assembly
In office
Preceded byBob Neill[1]
Succeeded byRichard Barnes
Member of the London Assembly
for West Central
In office
4 May 2000 – 1 May 2008
Preceded byConstituency Created
Succeeded byKit Malthouse
Personal details
Born (1953-10-13) 13 October 1953 (age 70)[2]
Croydon, Surrey, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materUniversity of St Andrews

Angela Lavinia Bray, Baroness Bray of Coln[3] (born 13 October 1953) is a British Conservative Party politician who was the Member of the London Assembly for West Central from 2000 to 2008, and Member of Parliament (MP) for Ealing Central and Acton from 2010 to 2015.

Early life and career[edit]

Bray was born in Croydon to Benedict Eustace Charles Tevery Bray and Patricia Measures who were residents of the Isle of Man. She was educated at Downe House School, Thatcham, and later attended the University of St Andrews, where she studied medieval history.

In 1979 she joined the British Forces Broadcasting Service in Gibraltar; a year later she joined LBC Radio as a presenter, producer and reporter.

Political career[edit]

She was employed as head of broadcasting at Conservative Central Office from 1989. She was a press officer for John Major's 1990 leadership campaign. During the 1992 general election campaign she served as press secretary to Chris Patten, the Chairman of the Conservative Party. She assisted the party's press office again in the 2005 election campaign, after which she worked as a public affairs consultant.

Bray unsuccessfully contested East Ham at the 1997 general election, finishing second behind Stephen Timms. She was a member of the London Assembly for West Central London from 2000 until she stood down in 2008, acting as Conservative leader in the Assembly from 2006.[4]

She was placed on the 'A-List' of Conservative Party candidates for the 2010 general election.[5] She won in the constituency of Ealing Central and Acton. She made her maiden speech in the House of Commons on 27 May 2010 during a debate on Energy and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.[6]

After Bray's election to Parliament, she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude.[7] She was sacked as Parliamentary Private Secretary in July 2012, after she voted against a coalition government Bill on reforming the House of Lords.[8]

She lost her seat in the 2015 general election.

House of Lords[edit]

It was announced on 14 October 2022, that as part of Boris Johnson's 2022 Political Honours, Bray would be appointed a life peer.[9] On 8 November 2022, she was created Baroness Bray of Coln, of Coln Saint Aldwyns in the County of Gloucestershire.[10][11] She made her maiden speech in the house of Lords on 6 February 2023 during the debate on the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill.[12]


  1. ^ "London Assembly Member Bob Neill". Archived from the original on 5 July 2006. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Angie Bray MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Archived from the original on 18 December 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  3. ^ "WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO".
  4. ^ "Angie Bray". UK Parliament. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  5. ^ "Conservative A-List Candidates". Conservative Home blog. May 2006. Archived from the original on 15 July 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2006.
  6. ^ Angie Bray (27 May 2010). "Energy and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 510. United Kingdom: House of Commons. col. 360–363.
  7. ^ Grew, Tony (10 September 2010). "New intake among PPS appointments". PoliticsHome. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012.
  8. ^ Wimpress, Chris (10 July 2012). "Lords Reform: MP Angie Bray To Vote Against Bill, Expects To Be Sacked". Huffington Post UK. Archived from the original on 3 June 2021. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Political Peerages 2022". GOV.UK. 14 October 2022. Retrieved 15 October 2022.
  10. ^ "No. 63873". The London Gazette. 14 November 2022. p. 21642.
  11. ^ "Baroness Bray of Coln". MPs and Lords. UK Parliament. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  12. ^ Baroness Bray of Coln (6 February 2023). "Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 827. United Kingdom: House of Lords. col. 1023–1024.

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