Elizabeth became Baroness Berridge of the Vale of Catmose on 20th January 2011. In Parliament, she sits on the Ecclesiastical Committee and is Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief.
Elizabeth began co-directing the Commonwealth Initiative for Freedom of Religion or Belief (CIFoRB) in October 2015. This three-year project aims to equip parliamentarians across the Commonwealth to address issues of Freedom of Religion or Belief through advocacy, education and research. The initiative is based both at the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Birmingham and in Westminster.
Born and educated in the county of Rutland, Elizabeth attended The Vale of Catmose College, a local comprehensive school followed by Rutland College, after which she earned a place at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, to read Law.
Elizabeth undertook Barrister’s training at the Inns of Court Law School in London and practiced at Kings Chambers in Manchester, specialising in personal injury and licensing law.
2005 saw a transition for Elizabeth to both London and politics, when she became Executive Director of the Conservative Christian Fellowship (CCF), a membership organisation that serves as a relational bridge between the Conservative Party and the Christian community.
Since 2012, Elizabeth has become a key voice in the deepening worldwide discussion on freedom of religion and belief as defined in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 2014 saw the launch of an International Panel of Parliamentarians (IPPFoRB), whose pledge is to work together to end belief based persecution worldwide. Elizabeth sits on the Steering Group of this panel.
In addition to her Parliamentary work, Elizabeth is an active member of her local Church, St. Michaels, Chester Square. She has lived in Trinidad and Tobago and Ghana and continues a special friendship with British African Caribbean and British African Church leaders.
In this short video, Baroness Berridge discusses how she became a Christian, why she thinks that Christians should get involved in politics and the difference that her faith makes to her work in the House of Lords.