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Boyson, Sir Rhodes (1925–2012), headteacher and politician, was born at 18 Hoyle Street, Haslingden, Lancashire, on 11 May 1925, the son of William Boyson (1885–1973), cotton spinner, and his wife, Bertha, née Barnes (1886–1978). Boyson's father served as an alderman on the local council, representing the ...

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Broadhurst, Henry (1840–1911), trade unionist and politician, was born at Littlemore, Oxfordshire, on 23 April 1840, the fourth son and youngest of the twelve children of Thomas Broadhurst (1799/1800–1866), stonemason, and his wife, Sarah, née Jessop (1799/1800–1880). He was educated at a village school near ...

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Brown, William John (1894–1960), trade unionist and politician, was born on 13 September 1894 in Battersea, London, the second son of Joseph Morris Brown, a plumber, and his wife, Rosina (Rose) Spicer. He attended the Salmestone elementary school, Margate, until the age of eleven, whereupon he won a scholarship to ...

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Foot, Sir Dingle Mackintosh (1905–1978), politician and lawyer, was born on 24 August 1905 in Plymouth, the eldest child in the family of five sons and two daughters of Isaac Foot (1880–1960), MP and solicitor, and his wife, Eva Mackintosh (1878–1946). She was a Scot of Cornish descent and he was given her father's family name. He was educated at ...

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Foot, Michael Mackintosh (1913–2010), journalist, politician, and author, was born at 1 Lipson Terrace, Plymouth, on 23 July 1913, the fourth of five sons and fifth of seven children of Isaac Foot (1880–1960), Liberal MP and solicitor, a native of Plymouth, and his wife, ...

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Gelder, Sir (William) Alfred (1855–1941), architect and politician, was born on 12 May 1855 at North Cave, East Riding of Yorkshire, the son of William Gelder (1820–1892), joiner, builder, and timber merchant, and his wife, Mary Jane, née Jackson (1816/17–1895). He was educated at a private school at ...

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Lloyd, (John) Selwyn Brooke, Baron Selwyn-Lloyd (1904–1978), speaker of the House of Commons, was born on 28 July 1904 at Red Bank, West Kirby, Wirral, the third of four children, and only son, of John Wesley (Jack) Lloyd (1865–1954), a doctor and dentist of ...

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Lyon, Alexander Ward [Alex] (1931–1993), politician, was born on 15 October 1931 at 60 Osmondthorpe Lane, Osmondthorpe, Leeds, the son of Alexander Pirie Lyon, master fish fryer and grocer, and his wife, Doris, née Ward. Both parents were devout Methodists. Rejected by Leeds grammar school...

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Manning [née Perrett], Dame (Elizabeth) Leah (1886–1977), educationist and politician, was born on 14 April 1886 at Burrish Street, Droitwich, the eldest of twelve children of Charles William Perrett and his wife, Harriet Margaret Tappin, both officers in the Salvation Army. Her mother had been a teacher and her father worked for a time in the family timber business. After her parents emigrated to ...

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Runciman [née Stevenson], Hilda, Viscountess Runciman of Doxford (1869–1956), politician, was born at 64 Wellington Terrace, Westoe, co. Durham, on 28 September 1869, the fifth daughter of James Cochran Stevenson (1825–1905), a chemicals manufacturer and member of parliament for South Shields, and his wife, ...

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Runciman, Walter, first Viscount Runciman of Doxford (1870–1949), politician, was born at South Shields on 19 November 1870, the only child of Walter (later Baron) Runciman (1847–1937), shipowner, and his wife, Anne Margaret Lawson (d. 1933). He was educated privately and then at ...

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Smith, William Henry (1825–1891), newsagent and politician, was born on 24 June 1825 at 42 Duke Street, Grosvenor Square, London, the only son of William Henry Smith (1792–1865), and his wife, Mary Ann Cooper. He had six sisters. His father, who was originally a newsagent in a small way of business, had the idea of sending ...

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Thatcher [née Roberts], Margaret Hilda, Baroness Thatcher (1925–2013), prime minister, was born at 1 North Parade, Grantham, Lincolnshire, on 13 October 1925, the younger daughter of Alfred Roberts, grocer, and his wife, Beatrice Ethel, née Stephenson (1888–1960).

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Thomas, (Thomas) George, Viscount Tonypandy (1909–1997), speaker of the House of Commons, was born on 29 January 1909 in Port Talbot, Glamorgan, the second son and fourth of five children of Zacharia Thomas (1881–1925), coalminer, of Carmarthen, and his wife, Emma Jane (1881–1972)...

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Watkinson, Harold Arthur, Viscount Watkinson (1910–1995), businessman and politician, was born on 25 January 1910 at Manor Cottage, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, the elder son in the family of two sons and one daughter of Arthur Gill Watkinson, master draper, and later the owner of a light engineering business, and his wife, ...

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Wilkinson, Ellen Cicely (1891–1947), politician, was born on 8 October 1891 at 41 Coral Street, Ardwick, Chorlton upon Medlock, Manchester, the second daughter and the third among the four children of Richard Wilkinson, a cotton worker and later insurance agent, and his wife, ...

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Wilson, Joseph Havelock (1858–1929), trade unionist and politician, was born in Sunderland on 16 August 1858, the son of John Blenkin Wilson, a foreman draper, and his wife, Hannah Robson. After intermittent attendance at a local school and various short-term jobs, Wilson went to sea in 1870, remaining in the ...