Labour peer and Patron of Humanists UK
Glenys Thornton was born in 1952. She graduated from the London School of Economics, was Political Secretary of the Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society from 1981, and joined the public affairs team of the Co-operative Wholesale Society upon their merger in 1985 and worked there until 1992. She was General Secretary of the Fabian Society from 1993 to 1996.
In 1998 she was made a Life peer as Baroness Thornton of Manningham in the County of West Yorkshire. In the Lords she has been a Government Whip (2008-10); Government Spokesperson for Work and Pensions (2008), Equality (2008), Health (2008, 2009-10); Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health 2010; Opposition Spokesperson for: Health (2010-12(, Work and Pensions (2010), Equalities Office (from 2010).