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Baroness Corston 'thrilled' with new ASDAN support role


The Rt Hon the Baroness Corston has become a patron of ASDAN having first become involved with the charity almost 20 years ago.

A former ASDAN trustee from 1997 to 2008, Baroness Jean Corston has been in parliament for 24 years, serving as MP for Bristol East from 1992 to 2005 before becoming a member of the House of Lords. Baroness Corston officially opened ASDAN’s central office, Wainbrook House, Bristol East, in July 2001.

She said: “I have been a supporter of the ASDAN ethos for many years and witnessed in my constituency how it boosted self-confidence, self-reliance and leadership – skills which are vital for leading a successful and rewarding life and career – so I am thrilled to be asked to be a patron.”

When the Labour government was elected in 1997, Baroness Corston served for four years as Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Blunkett when he was Secretary of State for Education and Employment. She was the first woman to be elected as Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party in 2001, and in the same year became the founding Chair of Parliament’s Joint Select Committee of Commons and Lords on Human Rights. In 2003, Baroness Corston was made a Privy Counsellor.

Since her elevation to the Lords, she has written a seminal report – A review of women with particular vulnerabilities in the criminal justice system – known as the Corston Report. In 2015, she chaired the House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility enquiry into the transition of young people from school to work. ASDAN welcomed the findings of the report, which were published earlier this month.

Baroness Corston joins the Rt Hon the Lord Knight of Weymouth who became patron of ASDAN last year.