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FORMER WOMEN MPs FIRST ELECTED IN THE 1980s

1) Helen McElhone

9) Maria Fyfe

2) Angela Rumbold

10) Mildred Gordon

3) Edwina Currie

11) Teresa Gorman

4) Anna McCurley

12) Maureen Hicks

5) Elizabeth Peacock

13 Emma Nicholson

6) Llin Golding

14) Ray Michie

7) Elizabeth Shields

15) Marjorie Mowlam

8) Rosemary Barnes

 

Helen McElhone

Date of Birth

1933 (née Brown)

Family

married MP, children

Education

unknown

Early career

member, Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers Union

Years in parliament

1982-83 (ret. when constituency boundaries redrawn)

Party

Labour

Constituency

Glasgow Queen's Park

Other public offices

Strathclyde Regional Council

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Angela Rumbold

Date of Birth

11 August 1932 (née Jones)

Family

married, three children

Education

King's College London

Early career

Chairman, National Association for Children in Hospital

Early political experience

Kingston-upon-Thames Borough Council (1974-83)

Years in parliament

1982-97 (def.)

Party

Conservative

Constituency

Merton, Mitcham & Morden; Mitcham & Morden (1983-)

Offices held

PPS to Financial Secretary to HM Treasury (1982-85), and to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment (1985-86); Minister of State, Department of Education & Science (1986-90); Minister of State, Home Office (1990-92)

Other public offices

Co-Chairman Women's National Commission (1986-90); Joint Deputy Chairman of Conservative Party (1992-95), Vice Chairman (1995-97)

Committees

Social Services (1982-83)

Honours or titles

CBE (1981), DBE (1992)

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Edwina Currie

Date of Birth

13 October 1946

Family

married, two children; divorced and remarried

Education

St Anne's College, Oxford; London School of Economics

Early career

teacher and lecturer

Early political experience

Birmingham City Council (1975-86)

Years in parliament

1983-97 (def)

Party

Conservative

Constituency

Derbyshire South

Offices held

PPS to Secretary of State for Education & Science (1985-86), Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health & Social Security (1986-88)

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Anna McCurley

Date of Birth

18 January 1943 (née Gemmell)

Family

married, one child

Education

Glasgow University

Early career

teacher

Early political experience

Strathclyde Regional Council (1978-82); contested West Stirlingshire (1979), Glasgow Central (1980)

Years in parliament

1983-87 (def.)

Party

Conservative

Constituency

Renfrew West & Inverclyde

Committees

Scottish select committee (1984-87)

Other public offices

Trustee, National Galleries of Scotland (1996-99)

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Elizabeth Peacock

Date of Birth

4 September 1937 (née Gates)

Family

married, two children

Education

St Monica's Convent, Skipton

Early career

life assurance, charitable trusts adviser

Early political experience & other campaigns

North Yorkshire County Councillor (1981-84); contested Batley & Spen (2001)

Years in parliament

1983-97 (def.)

Party

Conservative

Constituency

Batley & Spen

Offices held

PPS to Minister of State, Home Office (1991-92); Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Minister for Social Security & Disabled People) 1992

Other public offices

magistrate, Deputy Lieutenant Yorkshire (1998-date)

Committees

Employment (1983-87)

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Llin Golding (Baroness Golding)

Date of Birth

21 March 1933 (née Edwards)

Family

daughter of MP, married (three children), remarried MP (whom she succeeded)

Education

Caerphilly Girls' Grammar School

Early career

secretary and assistant to husband when MP

Years in parliament

Commons: 1986-2001 (ret.); Lords: 2001-date

Party

Labour

Constituency

Newcastle-under-Lyme

Opposition portfolios

Social Security (1992-93), Children & Families (1993-95), Food, Agriculture & Rural Affairs (1995-97)

Committees

Broadcasting

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Elizabeth Shields

Date of Birth

27 February 1928 (née Teare)

Family

married

Education

York University

Early career

school teacher, university lecturer

Early political experience & other campaigns

Rydeale District Council (1980-date); contested Howden (1979) Ryedale (1983, 1992)

Years in parliament

1986-87 (def.)

Party

Liberal

Constituency

Ryedale

Opposition portfolios

Environment, Yorkshire & Humberside region

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Rosemary Barnes

Date of Birth

16 May 1946 (née Allen)

Family

married, three children

Education

Birmingham University

Early career

market researcher

Years in parliament

1987-92 (def.)

Party

SDP, Social Democrat (1990-)

Constituency

Greenwich

Opposition portfolios

Education & Health

Other public offices

Chief Executive, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Trust (1996-date)

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Maria Fyfe

Date of Birth

25 November 1938 (née O'Neill)

Family

widow, two children

Education

Strathcyle University

Early career

lecturer

Early political experience

Glasgow District Council (1980-87), Scottish Labour executive (1982-88)

Years in parliament

1987-2001 (ret.)

Party

Labour

Constituency

Glasgow Maryhill

Opposition portfolios

Deputy shadow minister for women (1988-91), Scottish health & Social Services (1992-94), Scottish education & social work (1994-95)

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Mildred Gordon

Date of Birth

24 August 1923 (née Fellerman)

Family

married, one son; widowed and remarried

Education

Forest Teacher Training College, Walthamstow

Early career

teacher

Years in parliament

1987-97 (ret.)

Party

Labour

Constituency

Bow & Poplar

Committees

Education, Science & the Arts (1991-97)

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Teresa Gorman

Date of Birth

30 September 1931

Family

married

Education

London University

Early career

teacher, entrepreneur, writer

Early political experience

Westminster City Council (1982-86), contested Streatham (Oct. 1974)

Years in parliament

1987-2001

Party

Conservative (Whip suspended 1994-95 )

Constituency

Billericay

Publications

Gorman, No, Prime Minister! (2001)

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Maureen Hicks

Date of Birth

23 February 1948 (Cutler)

Family

married, two children

Education

Furzedown College of Education

Early career

Marks & Spencer, motor museum director

Early political experience

Stratford District Council (1979-84)

Years in parliament

1987-92 (def.)

Party

Conservative

Constituency

Wolverhampton North East

Offices held

PPS to Minister of State and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (1991-92)

Committees

secretary of Tourism committee (1987-92)

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Marjorie (Mo) Mowlam

Date of Birth

18 September 1949

Family

married

Education

Durham University, Iowa University

Early career

lecturer, college administrator

Years in parliament

1987-2001 (ret.)

Party

Labour

Constituency

Redcar

Offices held

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1997-99), Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office & Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1999-2001)

Opposition portfolios

Northern Ireland (1988-89, 1994-97), city & corporate affairs (1989-92), Citizen's Charter & women's affairs (1992-93), National Heritage (1993-94); Shadow cabinet from 1992

Other public offices

Labour Party NEC (1995-date)

Publications

Julia Langdon, Mo Mowlam (2000); Mowlam, Momentum (2002)

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