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Banking Baroness heads for DfT

Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Kramer has been appointed transport minister.

She replaces Norman Baker who had been moved to the Home Office. Susan Kramer was born in 1950 in Holborn and educated at St Paul’s Girls School. She went on to St Hilda’s College, Oxford where she read PPE, Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

She met and married the American John Kramer in 1972. Mr Kramer was himself secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation. The couple lived in Illinois between 1973 and 1993.

Susan Kramer pursued a career in banking rising to become Vice- President at Citicorp in Chicago. After the collapse of the Iron Curtain John and Susan Kramer returned to Europe – John had studied at the Free University of Berlin.

Together they ran a number of projects including Future Water International in rural Hungary and Infrastructure Capital Partners which advised on financing infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe. Sadly John Kramer died of melanoma in 2006.

Kramer entered parliament as MP for Richmond Park in 2005. She lost her seat to Zac Goldsmith in 2010 and subsequently was made a life peer, concentrating on finance and banking. She contested the London mayoralty.

Baroness Kramer has been a consistent supporter of Crossrail and vigorously opposes Heathrow’s third runway. She is a patron of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.


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