Baroness Margaret Jay's career has combined government service, the media, and business. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and began a 20 year career in broadcasting. Baroness Jay was appointed a life peer in July 1992 and acted as an opposition Whip in the House of Lords. She was also appointed as the first director of the National Aids Trust. Following the Labor Party election victory in 1997, she was appointed to Tony Blair's government first as a Minister of State in the Department of Health and later to the Cabinet as Leader of the House of Lords, Lord Privy Seal and Minister for Women.