Lord Michael Farmer - From The City To Politics: The Role Of Religion And The Importance Of Family In Promoting Upward Social Mobility | London Real

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By Brian Rose

Lord Michael Farmer - From The City To Politics: The Role Of Religion And The Importance Of Family In Promoting Upward Social Mobility | London Real

Sunday, 1 November

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Lord Michael Farmer is the businessman, philanthropist, former Conservative Party treasurer, and member of the House of Lords.

Starting his career as an account clerk, in the London Metal Exchange in 1963 at age 18, earning £8 a week, today he is one of the founders of the Red Kite Group, a metals trading and investment firm with $2 billion in assets.

In 2014, he became a Baron and took a seat in the House of Lords, and has been active in championing policies that strengthen families, fight homelessness and domestic abuse, and advocate prison reform.

He has also used his 50 years’ experience in the City, to inform good practice & new regulations for the financial markets, while also being a staunch advocate of Britain leaving the European Union.

His maiden speech in the House highlighted women’s homelessness, domestic violence and the challenges of social exclusion, while his vocal contributions to welfare and prison reform continued the tone of family stability and the impact and importance of stable relationships.

Informing his determination to bring about such change and strengthening that resolve was a shift in thinking that can only be characterised as a late in life understanding of the bigger picture and the providence of the natural world.

Christianity may have come at the age of 35, but, it has been a moral compass and a comforting hand in the years since passed. Lord Farmer is a man of integrity, warmth, humility and conviction. He believes in the greater good and the power of familial bond, and it was a pleasure to spend this time in his company.

There is so much to discuss and extrapolate, not least the ongoing Brexit deliberations, the duty of peerage and the power of his closely held religious beliefs.

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