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Publisher and World Book Day founder Dame Gail Rebuck made a Labour peer

16:39 11 August 2014

Dame Gail Rebuck. Picture: PA Archive/Steve Parsons.

Dame Gail Rebuck. Picture: PA Archive/Steve Parsons.

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Renowned publisher Dame Gail Rebuck, widow of New Labour strategist Philip Gould, has been appointed to the House of Lords.

Dame Gail, chairman of global publisher Penguin Random House UK, was one of three Labour figures named as new working peers by Prime Minister David Cameron last week.

The 62-year-old, who lives in Regent’s Park, was married to political consultant Mr Gould - widely considered the architect of New Labour - up until his death from cancer in 2011.

The couple’s eldest daughter Georgia Gould is a Camden Council cabinet member and Kentish Town councillor.

Labour leader Ed Miliband, who nominated Dame Gail for her peerage, said: “Gail Rebuck has made a huge contribution to British business. As one of the founders of World Book Day she has also helped millions of young people experience the joy of reading.”

Dame Gail said: “I feel very privileged to be joining the House of Lords as I have always seen politics and parliament as vital forces shaping our national and global lives.

“I hope to make a contribution to debates and legislation based on over 30 years at the heart of the book publishing business.

“I have campaigned for literacy and literature, the arts, culture and education and I have focussed on women’s empowerment in the workforce increasing diversity at the top of companies.”

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