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The Honourable Ladies: Volume One: Profiles of Women MPs 1918-1996

The Honourable Ladies: Volume One: Profiles of Women MPs 1918-1996

The Honourable Ladies: Volume One: Profiles of Women MPs 1918-1996

The Honourable Ladies: Volume One: Profiles of Women MPs 1918-1996


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A century on from the election of Constance Markievicz, 490 women have now passed through the hallowed doors of Parliament. Each one of these pioneers has fought tenaciously to introduce enduring reform, and in doing so has helped revolutionise Britain’s political landscape, ensuring that women’s contributions are not consigned to the history books.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785902444
Publisher: Biteback Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Iain Dale is an author and broadcaster. He presents the Drivetimeshow on LBC Radio and is winner of the Arqiva Radio Presenter of the Year award 2013 and 2016.

Jacqui Smith was the Member of Parliament for Redditch from 1997 until 2010, the first female Home Secretary, and only the third woman to ever hold one of the great offices of state.

Table of Contents

Foreword Theresa May xi

Preface Iain Dale xiii

Preface Jacqui Smith xv

Parliamentary Firsts for Women xxi

Women in Parliament xxiii

Constance Markievicz, Countess Markievicz Julia Langdon 1

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor Nan Sloane 4

Margaret Wintringham Mary Honeyball 10

Mabel Philipson Anne-Marie Trevelyan 12

Katharine Stewart-Murray, Duchess of Atholl Anne McGuire 15

Margaret Bondfield Sally Keeble 18

Dorothy Jewson Annabelle Dickson 24

Susan Lawrence Lyn Brown 27

Lady Vera Terrington Liz Barker 29

Ellen Wilkinson Estelle Morris 31

Gwendolen Guinness, Countess of Iveagh Thérèse Coffey 37

Hilda Runciman Julia Goldsworthy 40

Ruth Dalton Dame Mary Beard 42

Jennie Lee Elizabeth Vallance 44

Ethel Bentham Cat Smith 49

Mary Agnes Hamilton Elizabeth Vallance 51

Lady Megan Lloyd George Kirsty Williams 53

Lady Cynthia Mosley Ruth Smeeth 61

Marion Phillips Mary Honeyball 64

Edith Picton-Turbervill Jane Merrick 66

Eleanor Rathbone Rachel Reeves Mary Reader 68

Lady Lucy Noel-Buxton Oonagh Gay 72

Dame Leah Manning Emily Thornberry 74

Thelma Cazalet-Keir Shazia Awan-Scully 76

Ida Copeland Sarah MacKinlay 79

Marjorie Graves Sarah MacKinlay 82

Dame Florence Horsbrugh Ruth Davidson 84

Mary Pickford Kemi Badenoch 88

Norah Runge Oonagh Gay 91

Helen Shaw Elaine Gibb 94

Mavis Tate Janet Seaton 96

Dame Irene Ward Edwina Currie 99

Sarah Ward Oonagh Gay 104

Frances Davidson, Viscountess Davidson Anne Jenkin 106

Agnes Hardie Anne McGuire 109

Edith Summerskill Yvette Cooper 111

Jennie Adamson Linda Gilroy 117

Beatrice Wright Sarah Newton 120

Lady Violet Apsley Pam Chesters 122

Alice Bacon Rachel Reeves 124

Bessie Braddock Maria Eagle 129

Barbara Castle Anne Perkins 135

Grace Colman Jagruti Dave 147

Freda Corbet Elizabeth Vallance 149

Caroline Ganley Julia Langdon 152

Barbara Ayrton-Gould Kathryn Perera 154

Peggy Herbison Elizabeth Vallance 157

Jean Mann Ayesha Hazarika 160

Lucy Middleton Linda Gilroy 164

Muriel Nichol Linda McDougall 168

Florence Paton Nan Sloane 171

Mabel Ridealgh Linda Perham 173

Clarice Shaw Meg Munn 175

Edith Wills Kathryn Stanczyszyn 177

Priscilla Buchan, Lady Tweedsmuir Dame Anne Begg 180

Alice Cullen Sarah MacKinlay 184

Elaine Burton Colleen Fletcher 187

Eveline Hill Natalie Bennett 190

Dame Patricia Hornsby-Smith Angela Browning 193

Dorothy Rees Julie Morgan 198

Eirene White Jane Merrick 200

Harriet Slater Ruth Smeeth 203

Patricia Ford Sarah MacKinlay 206

Dame Edith Pitt Gisela Stuart 209

Lena Jeger Sarah Hayward 212

Joyce Butler Lynne Featherstone 215

Evelyn Emmet Nusrat Ghani 219

Patricia McLaughlin Annabelle Dickson 222

Dame Joan Vickers Janet Fookes 225

Mervyn Pike Edwina Currie 229

Lady Muriel Gammans Oonagh Gay 233

Mary McAlister Ann McKechin 235

Betty Harvie Anderson Eleanor Laing 237

Dame Judith Hart Margaret Beckett 241

Margaret Thatcher Virginia Bottomley 247

Joan Quennell Claire Perry 260

Anne Kerr Natalie Bennett 263

Margaret McKay Zoe Williams 267

Renée Short Emma Reynolds 270

Shirley Summerskill Linda McDougall 276

Shirley Williams Jacqui Smith Elizabeth Vallance 282

Gwyneth Dunwoody Laura Sandys 291

Jill Knight Gisela Stuart 297

Joan Lestor Fiona Mactaggart 302

Winnie Ewing Deborah Mattinson 308

Bernadette Devlin Julia Langdon 313

Dame Peggy Fenner Tracey Crouch 317

Doris Fisher Baroness Christine Crawley 320

Janet Fookes Bridie Pearson-Jones 322

Joan Hall Linda McDougall 326

Mary Holt Linda McDougall 329

Dame Elaine Kellett-Bowman Cat Smith 331

Constance Monks Linda McDougall 335

Sally Oppenheim-Barnes Jo-Anne Nadler 337

Betty Boothroyd Nusrat Ghani 341

Margo MacDonald Joanna Cherry 348

Lynda Chalker Esther McVey 351

Maureen Colquhoun Sally Keeble 355

Jo Richardson Joyce Gould 358

Audrey Wise Mary Honeyball 364

Margaret Ewing Jo Swinson 368

Helene Hayman Sarah Childs 371

Dame Margaret Beckett Gillian Merron 375

Joan Maynard Louise Haigh 381

Millie Miller Linda Perham 386

Ann Taylor Justine Lancaster 389

Oonagh McDonald Polly Billington 392

Sheila Faith Shazia Awan-Scully 395

Sheila Wright Natalie Bennett 397

Dame Angela Rumbold Elizabeth Peacock 399

Harriet Harman Scarlett MccGwire 402

Helen McElhone Bridie Pearson-Jones 411

Edwina Currie Nadine Dorries 413

Anna McCurley Annabel Goldie 418

Elizabeth Peacock Linda McDougall 420

Dame Marion Roe Meg Munn 423

Clare Short Holly Lynch 426

Ann Winterton Carole Walker 434

Virginia Bottomley Kitty Ussher 438

Ann Clwyd Sarah MacKinlay 445

Elizabeth Shields Susan Kramer 450

Llin Golding Ruth Smeeth 452

Rosie Barnes Miranda Green 456

Diane Abbott Kate Osamor 459

Hilary Armstrong Julie Elliott 466

Maria Fyfe Helena Kennedy 470

Mildred Gordon Rushanara Ali 475

Teresa Gorman Nicky Morgan 477

Maureen Hicks Lucy Fisher 481

Alice Mahon Caroline Lucas 485

Ray Michie Alison Suttie 488

Mo Mowlam Julia Langdon 491

Emma Nicholson Elinor Goodman 497

Dawn Primarolo Karin Smyth 501

Joyce Quin Sharon Hodgson 506

Dame Joan Ruddock Vicky Foxcroft 510

Gillian Shephard Elizabeth Truss 515

Joan Walley Mary Honeyball 521

Ann Widdecombe Dame Cheryl Gillan 524

Kate Hoey Linda McDougall 528

Sylvia Heal Sue Hayman 532

Irene Adams Fiona Millar 535

Janet Anderson Carolyn Quinn 538

Angela Browning Suzanne Evans 541

Anne Campbell Amber de Botton 545

Judith Chaplin Julie Kirkbride 548

Ann Coffey Ann Clwyd 551

Jean Corston Thangam Debbonaire 554

Angela Eagle Jacqui Smith 557

Dame Cheryl Gillan Sarah Newton 563

Glenda Jackson Tulip Siddiq 568

Helen Jackson Angela Smith 572

Lynne Jones Caroline Lucas 575

Tessa Jowell Helen Hayes 578

Jane Kennedy Luciana Berger 588

Angela Knight Maggie Throup 591

Jacqui Lair Amber de Botton 593

Liz Lynne Caroline Pidgeon 597

Lady Olga Maitland Ann Widdecombe 601

Estelle Morris Jess Phillips 604

Bridget Prentice Heidi Alexander 608

Barbara Roche Catherine West 611

Rachel Squire Oonagh Gay 614

Diana Maddock Olly Grender 617

Judith Church Linda Gilroy 619

Dame Margaret Hodge Meg Hillier 621

Helen Liddell Julia Langdon 627

Roseanna Cunningham Elaine Gibb 631

Contributors 635

Female MPs Index 639

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“This book is a fascinating insight into the lives and achievements of the women who served as Members of Parliament between 1918 and 1996. Their stories deserve to be told and having them together in one place will be a great resource and a worthy recognition of their contribution to our political life and to the House of Commons. A very good read.” - Baroness Boothroyd, former speaker in the House of Commons


“If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.” - Margaret Thatcher

“Most of us women like men, you know; it’s just that we find them a constant disappointment.” - Clare Short

“A woman MP has to do everything a man MP does – and a little bit more.” - Alice Bacon

“The struggle for the right to become politicians in itself made women into politicians.” - Eleanor Rathbone

“Women have got to make the world safe for men since men have made it so darned unsafe for women.”- Nancy Astor

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