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Anson [née Yorke], Elizabeth, Lady Anson (1725–1760), political correspondent and political manager  

E. H. Chalus

Anson [née Yorke], Elizabeth, Lady Anson (1725–1760), political correspondent and political manager, was born in August 1725, the sixth child and eldest daughter of Philip Yorke, subsequently first Baron and first earl of Hardwicke (1690–1764), lord chancellor, and his wife, Margaret Lygon (...

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Barker, Dame Sara Elizabeth (1904–1973), political agent  

Serena Kelly

Barker, Dame Sara Elizabeth (1904–1973), political agent, was born on 15 February 1904 in Siddall, near Halifax, Yorkshire, the daughter of George Barker, grocer, and his wife, Ethel Brier.

Sara Barker was educated at Siddall elementary school before going on at the age of eleven to ...

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Drew [née Gladstone], Mary (1847–1927), private secretary and author  

K. D. Reynolds

Drew [née Gladstone], Mary (1847–1927), private secretary and author, was born at 13 Carlton House Terrace, London, on 23 November 1847, the third of the four daughters and fifth in the family of eight children of William Ewart Gladstone (1809–1898), prime minister, and his wife, ...

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George, Frances Louise Lloyd [née Frances Louise Stevenson], Countess Lloyd-George of Dwyfor (1888–1972), political secretary  

Kenneth O. Morgan

George, Frances Louise Lloyd [née Frances Louise Stevenson], Countess Lloyd-George of Dwyfor (1888–1972), political secretary, was born at 62 Doddington Grove, Kennington Park, Surrey, on 7 October 1888. She was the eldest in the family of three daughters and one son of ...

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Lockwood, Betty, Baroness Lockwood (1924–2019), political organizer and public servant  

Duncan Sutherland

Lockwood, Betty, Baroness Lockwood (1924–2019), political organizer and public servant, was born at 21 Owl Lane, Shaw Cross, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, on 22 January 1924, the youngest of three children of Arthur Lockwood (1892–1969), miner and trade unionist, and his wife Edith Alice, ...

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Phillips, Marion (1881–1932), first Labour Party woman organizer  

Brian Harrison

Phillips, Marion (1881–1932), first Labour Party woman organizer, was born on 29 October 1881 at St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia, youngest in the family of three sons and four daughters of Phillip David Phillips (1836–1909), a well-to-do Australian-born Jewish lawyer, and his wife, Rose Asher...

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Sutherland, Mary Elizabeth (1895–1972), political organizer  

Pat Thane

Sutherland, Mary Elizabeth (1895–1972), political organizer, was born on 30 November 1895 at Burnhead, Banchory-Ternan, some miles up the River Dee from Aberdeen. She was the second child and only daughter of Alexander Sutherland and Jessie (d. 1911), née Henderson. She had one younger brother. Her father was a farmworker and later a crofter at ...

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Ward [née Arnold], Mary Augusta [known as Mrs Humphry Ward] (1851–1920), novelist, philanthropist, and political lobbyist  

John Sutherland

Ward [née Arnold], Mary Augusta [known as Mrs Humphry Ward] (1851–1920), novelist, philanthropist, and political lobbyist, born on 11 June 1851 in Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land, was the eldest child of Thomas Arnold (1823–1900), inspector of schools in Hobart Town...

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Williams [née Field], Marcia Matilda, Baroness Falkender (1932–2019), political secretary  

Gavin Hyman

Williams [née Field], Marcia Matilda, Baroness Falkender (1932–2019), political secretary, was born at Watson Road, Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, on 10 March 1932, the third and youngest child of Harry Field (1903–1972), brick maker, and his wife Dorothy Matilda Falkender, ...