Ex-MP Oona King takes her place in the Lords as a baroness

FORMER East End MP Oona King has been made a baroness and now sits in the House of Lords.

The ex-Bethnal Green & Bow MP defeated by Respect’s George Galloway in 2005 has taken her place on the Labour benches alongside 10 new peers.

She made a bid to return to front-line politics last year when she ran for Labour nomination for Mayor of London 2012 election, but was knocked out by former mayor Ken Livingstone.

Baroness King of Bow was born in Yorkshire to a Jewish mother, social justice activist Muriel Hazel Sterns, and an African-American father, political theorist Preston King.

She is the niece of playwright Tom Stoppard and his medical doctor wife Miriam Stoppard. Her cousin is the actor Ed Stoppard.