Rt. Hon. Lord Paul Boateng is not just another politician. He stands as a role model. He went against many odds to become the first black person to hold positions which blacks had never held. He was the Brent South MP between 1987 and 2005, State Under Secretary in the Health Department in 1997, a Cabinet minister and a Chief Secretary to Treasury in 2002.
He is Ghanaian, born to a Ghanaian father, and a Scottish Mother. His father was a lawyer politician, having been a minister in the Cabinet in Ghana. Boateng and his mother and sister had to leave Ghana in 1966, after a military coup that led to the arrest of his father.
Boateng had humble beginnings. He was a lawyer for civil rights. He had a passion to give back to his community. In 1981 he became chairman of the GLC police committee. He continued to advocate for better treatment of minor ethnic groups, especially Asians and Blacks by the police.
He has also worked as a Minister for Youth, basically being a voice for Britain’s young people.
He is currently a member of the House of Lords, after an appointment in 2010. Prior to this, he had been appointed as a High commissioner for four years in South Africa, and was very instrumental in building a better relationship between Britain and South African’s ruling party, as well as calling for attention to Africa’s issues with regard to trade and development.