The Reverend Kathleen Richardson was appointed to the House of Lords in 1998.

Formerly a Methodist minister, she is particularly interested in church affairs and inter-faith relations, chairing the London Ecumenical AIDS Trust and serving as Vice President of the Council for Christians and Jews.

Between 1995 and 1999, Richardson was Moderator of the Free Church Federal Council, the first woman to be elected to the post.

She achieved another first for women when she was appointed President of the Methodist Conference in 1992.

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