Catherine Ashton

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The Baroness Ashton
of Upholland

Baroness Ashton headshot.jpg
Ashton in 2009
First Vice President of the European Commission
In office
9 February 2010 – 1 November 2014
PresidentJosé Manuel Barroso
Preceded byMargot Wallström
Succeeded byFrans Timmermans
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
In office
1 December 2009 – 1 November 2014
Nominated byGordon Brown
Preceded byJavier Solana (Common Foreign and Security Policy)
Succeeded byFederica Mogherini
European Commissioner for Trade
In office
3 October 2008 – 1 December 2009
Nominated byGordon Brown
PresidentJosé Manuel Barroso
Preceded byPeter Mandelson
Succeeded byBenita Ferrero-Waldner
Leader of the House of Lords
Lord President of the Council
In office
28 June 2007 – 3 October 2008
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byThe Baroness Amos
Succeeded byThe Baroness Royall of Blaisdon
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice
In office
8 May 2007 – 27 June 2007
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byHerself
Succeeded byThe Lord Hunt of Kings Heath
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs
In office
9 September 2004 – 8 May 2007
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byThe Lord Filkin
Succeeded byHerself
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sure Start, Early Years, Childcare and School Standards[1]
In office
12 June 2001 – 9 September 2004
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byJacqui Smith
Succeeded byThe Lord Filkin
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
20 October 1999
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born
Catherine Margaret Ashton

(1956-03-20) 20 March 1956 (age 65)
Upholland, West Lancashire
Political partyNon-affiliated
Labour
Spouse(s)
Peter Kellner (m. 1988)
EducationBedford College, London

Catherine Margaret Ashton, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, GCMG, PC (born 20 March 1956 at Upholland, Lancashire) is a British Labour politician. She was born in Upholland, Lancashire, England. In November 2009, she was appointed to be the first European Foreign Minister.

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  1. jointly with Department of Work and Pensions from June 2003

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