She is a Canon of Leicester Cathedral, President of LEAF and Leicestishire Clubs for Young People and an Associate Member of Royal Agricultural Societies. She is also a patron of several rural organisations: Women Food and Farming Union, National Farm Attractions Network, and the Institute of the Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators.
Lady Byford was Chairman of the East Midlands Women's Conservative Committee from 1986-89, Women's National Vice Chairman from 1989-90, and Chairman from 1990-93.
She was Vice President of the National Union 1993-95 and President in 1996. She chaired the Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouth in 1996. Lady Byford was created a Life Peer in 1996.
Lady Byford was opposition spokesperson for MAFF and then DEFRA from 1997 until 2007.
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