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Adamson [née Johnston], Janet Laurel (1882–1962), labour movement activist and politician, was born at Kilmarnock on 9 May 1882, one of the six children of Thomas Johnston, a railway porter, and Elizabeth, née Denton. Her father died young and her mother had to become a dressmaker to support the family. As ...

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Astor [née Langhorne], Nancy Witcher, Viscountess Astor (1879–1964), society hostess and politician, was born at Danville, Virginia, on 19 May 1879, the eighth child in a family of eleven. Her father, Chiswell Dabney Langhorne (1843–1919), a veteran of the American Civil War, had made his fortune in railway construction and bought an estate at ...

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Bacon, Alice Martha, Baroness Bacon (1909–1993), politician, was born on 10 September 1909 at 302 Castleford Road, Normanton, Yorkshire, the only child of Benjamin (Ben) Bacon (1882–1958), coalminer, and his wife, Charlotte (Lottie), née Handley (1888–1953). She was educated at elementary schools in ...

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Blatch [née Triggs], Emily May, Baroness Blatch (1937–2005), politician, was born on 24 July 1937 at the Maternity Hospital, Birkenhead, Cheshire, the only daughter of Stephen Joseph Triggs, a butcher's shop assistant and later electrician, and his wife, Sarah Ann, née Carpenter...

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Bondfield, Margaret Grace (1873–1953), trade unionist, campaigner for women's interests, and politician, was born on 17 March 1873 at Chard, Somerset, the tenth of eleven children and third of four daughters of William Bondfield (1814–1901), foreman laceworker, and his wife, Anne Taylor (1827?–1911)...

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Bowman [née Kay], Dame (Mary) Elaine Kellett- (1923–2014), politician, was born at Claremont, Clifton Drive, Lytham, Lancashire, on 8 July 1923, the daughter of Walter Kay, leather manufacturer and later farmer, and his wife, Edith Annie, née Leather. After attending the local ...

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Braddock [née Bamber], Elizabeth Margaret [Bessie] (1899–1970), trade union activist and politician, was born at Zante Street, Liverpool, on 24 September 1899, the elder daughter of Hugh Bamber, bookbinder, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Andrew Little, an Edinburgh lawyer. Mary Bamber...

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Carter, (Helen) Violet Bonham [née (Helen) Violet Asquith], Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury (1887–1969), politician, was born on 15 April 1887 at Eton House in John Street, Hampstead, London, the only daughter and the fourth of the five children of Herbert Henry Asquith, later ...

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Castle [née Betts], Barbara Anne, Baroness Castle of Blackburn (1910–2002), politician, was born at 67 Derby Road, Chesterfield, on 6 October 1910, the younger daughter and youngest of three children of Frank Betts (1882–1945), tax inspector, and his wife, Annie Rebecca, née...

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Colman, Grace Mary (1892–1971), educationist and politician, was born at 7 Dorlcote Road, Wandsworth, London, on 30 April 1892, the daughter of Frederick Selincourt Colman (1857–1917), vicar of Earlsfield and later a canon of Worcester Cathedral, and his wife, Constance Mary Hawkings. Grace's...

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Corbet [other married name Campbell], Freda Künzlen (1900–1993), teacher and politician, was born at 67 Trinity Road, Tooting, London, on 15 November 1900, the eldest of the three children of Adolf Frederic Hermann Künzlen, a commercial clerk and later an insurance agent, and his wife, ...

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Cox [née Leadbeater], Helen Joanne (Jo) (1974–2016), politician, was born on 22 June 1974 at Staincliffe General Hospital, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, the daughter of Gordon Leadbeater, industrial chemist and cosmetics production manager, and his wife, Jean, née Smith, a school secretary. Both parents were born in ...

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Cullen [née McLoughlin; other married name Reynolds], Alice (1891–1969), politician, was born probably in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, on 18 March 1891, the daughter of John McLoughlin, railway platelayer, and his wife, Bridget McKay. Throughout her political career she remained reticent about her background and early life, though in a posthumous tribute reference was made to her roots in west of ...

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Denton [née Moss], Jean, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001), rally driver, businesswoman, and politician, was born on 29 December 1935 at 103 Broadway, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the elder of two daughters of Charles Josiah Moss, stationery store keeper, later hospital supplies clerk, and his wife, ...

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Dunwoody [née Phillips], Gwyneth Patricia (1930–2008), politician, was born at 25 Rosaville Road, Fulham, London, on 12 December 1930, the elder child and only daughter of Morgan Walter Phillips (1902–1963), political organizer, and his wife, Norah Mary [see Phillips, Norah Mary, Baroness Phillips (1910–1992)...

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Ewing [née McAdam; married name Bain], Margaret Anne (1945–2006), politician, was born on 1 September 1945 at Fairhaven, Hyndford Road, Lanark, the daughter of John McAdam, ploughman, later builder's labourer, and his wife, Margaret Jamieson Cuthbert (Peggie), née Lamb. She was born to the rural working class rather like Chris Guthrie, heroine of ...

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Fenner [née Webken], Dame Peggy Edith (1922–2014), politician, was born at 55 St Norbert Road, Lewisham, south London, on 12 November 1922, the daughter of Henry Arthur Webken, formerly Wiebcken (b. 1898), licensed victualler, and his wife, Edith, née...

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Foster [née Brown], Audrey Pellew Hylton-, Baroness Hylton-Foster (1908–2002), politician, was born on 19 May 1908 in Simla, India, the only child of Douglas Clifton Brown, later Viscount Ruffside (1879–1958), politician, and his wife, Violet Cicely Kathleen (d. 1969), only daughter of ...

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Gaitskell [née Creditor; other married name Frost], (Anna) Dora, Baroness Gaitskell (1901–1989), politician, was born on 25 April 1901 near Riga in Latvia, then part of imperial Russia, the eldest in the family of four daughters and one son of Leon Creditor...

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George, Lady Megan Arfon Lloyd (1902–1966), politician, was born in Cricieth, Caernarvonshire, on 22 April 1902, the third daughter and youngest of the five children of David Lloyd George (1863–1945) and his wife, Margaret Owen (1866–1941). Her early years were overshadowed by her father, who entered the Liberal government in 1905 and finally became prime minister in December 1916. ...