Baroness Verma started her first fashion business at the age of 19 but in 2000 she changed her business to the service sector. In 2006 she was raised to the peerage as Baroness Verma of Leicester in the County of Leicestershire. She was Opposition Whip from 2006 to 2010 and then Government Whip following the 2010 general election.
Prior to becoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Department of Energy and Climate Change, Baroness Verma was Spokesperson for Cabinet Office, International Development, Women and Equalities and Business, Innovation and Skills.
Baroness Verma has a strong interest in diversity, gender issues and international affairs, particularly in the South Asian Region and Africa.
She has received numerous awards and is patron of several charities and organisations. She was given an award by the President of India (on behalf of Government of India) in 2011, in acknowledgement of her outstanding achievement in the field of public affairs and in recognition of her valuable contribution in promoting the honour and prestige of India and in fostering the interests of overseas Indians.
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