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Universe columnist named Leeds Trinity Pro-Chancellor

Former Labour MP for Leeds and respected Universe columnist, the Rt Hon John Battle, has been named as a pro-chancellor of Leeds Trinity University.

Rt Hon Mr Battle, who was awarded an Honorary Life Fellowship at Leeds Trinity in 2009 will join Pro-Chancellor Ed Anderson in a leading role within the university.

Professor Margaret A House, vice-chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said: “I am honoured to announce John as pro-chancellor and look forward to his involvement with the institution going forward.

“Since his Honorary Fellowship, John has remained a close associate, organising and delivering lectures, attending chaplaincy events and talks and engaging with our students across the campus.

“He is already speaking about addressing students in our next Students’ Union election campaigns, so he’s keen to get involved straight away!”

Former Leeds City Councillor, John was MP for Leeds West from 1987 to 2010, during which time he held the position of Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. In 2009, he was honoured by Pope Benedict XVI and named a Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory the Great, in recognition of his commitment and loyalty to the local Church and his political contributions. Since stepping down from Parliament, he now chairs the Leeds Citizens and Leeds Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission.

John said: “It’s an honour and an exciting challenge to be linking back to young people and their needs, hopes and aspirations. I think young people are under more pressure today than ever before, and any way I can support them at Leeds Trinity University is time well spent.”

Picture: Rt Hon John Battle and Professor Margaret House.