Oona to become Baroness King of Bow next week

FORMER Bethnal Green and Bow MP Oona King will take her place in the House of Lords at a centuries-old ceremony on Monday.

She will take the title of Baroness King of Bow at her ennoblement in the Palace of Westminster will take place at about 2.15pm on Monday.

Baroness King was the Labour MP from Bethnal Green and Bow from 1997 until 2005 when she was defeated by Respect’s George Galloway by 823 votes.

Last year the Mile End resident missed out to Ken Livingstone on securing the Labour nomination to fight against Boris Johnson in the London mayoral election in 2012.

She works as head of diversity for broadcaster Channel 4 and lives in Mile End, in her former constituency.

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Her ennoblement as a Labour peer was announced in November.

During the ceremony she will be dressed in the traditional peers’ outfit of ermine presented to the House of Lords by two peers, who have yet to be named and will swear an oath of allegiance or affirmation and sign the peers’ code of conduct.

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