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FORMER UK WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Baroness Elles

Margaret Daly

Winifred Ewing

Sheila Faith

Elaine Kellett-Bowman

Carole Tongue

Beata Brookes

Pauline Green

Janey Buchan

Anne McIntosh

Barbara Castle

Christine Oddy

Ann Clwyd

Anita Pollack

Norvela Forster

Patricia Rawlings

Gloria Hooper

Angela Billingham

Joyce Quin

Veronica Hardstaff

Shelagh Roberts

Susan Waddington

Christine Crawley



Diana, Baroness Elles

Date of Birth

19 July 1921 (née Newcombe)

Family

married, two children including James Elles MEP

Education

London University

Early career

barrister

Years in Parliament

Lords: 1972-date; Europe: 1973-75 (delegate), 1979-89 (ret.)

Party

Conservative

Constituency

Thames Valley

Other public offices

UK delegate to United Nations (1972)

Opposition portfolios

Lords: Foreign & European affairs (1975-79)

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Beata Brookes

Date of Birth

21 January 1931

Family

single

Education

University of Wales, Bangor

Early career

social worker, company secretary, farmer

Early political experience

contested Widnes (1955), Warrington (1963), Manchester Exchange (1964)

Years in Parliament

1979-89 (def.)

Party

Conservative

Constituency

Wales North

Committees

Education, Agriculture

Honours

CBE (1996)

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Janey Buchan

Date of Birth

30 April 1926 (née Kent)

Family

commercial college

Education

married Norman Buchan MP, one son

Early career

housewife

Early political experience

Strathclyde Regional Council (1974-79)

Years in Parliament

1979-84 (ret.)

Party

Labour

Constituency

Glasgow

Other public offices

Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Gas Consumers Council

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Norvela Forster

Date of Birth

1931

Family

married

Education

London University

Early career

Early political experience

Hampstead Borough Council

Years in Parliament

1979-84 (def.)

Party

Conservative

Constituency

Birmingham South

Death

1993

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Shelagh Roberts

Date of Birth

13 October 1924

Family

single

Early career

industrial relations consultant

Early political experience

Kensington & Chelsea Borough Council (1953-71), Greater London Council (1970-81); Chairman, Conservative National Women's Advisory Committee (1972-75)

Years in Parliament

1979, 1979-89 (def.)

Party

Conservative

Constituency

London South West

Other public offices

Race Relations Board (1973-77), Panel of Industrial Tribunals (1973-79), Chairman, London Tourist Board & Convention Bureau (1989-92)

Honours

DBE (1981), life peerage (1992)

Death

16 January 1992

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Margaret Daly

Date of Birth

26 January 1938 (née Bell)

Family

married, one child

Education

Methodist College, Belfast

Early career

assurance, company, union official

Early political experience

Conservative party consultant; National Director of Conservative Trade Unionists (1979-84)

Years in Parliament

1984-94 (def.)

Other campaigns

contested Weston-super-Mare (1997)

Party

Conservative

Constituency

Somerset & Dorset West

Committees

Women's Rights, Economic & Monetary Affairs, Industrial Policy, Development

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Carole Tongue

Date of Birth

14 October 1955

Family

divorced, one daughter

Education

Loughborough University of Technology

Early career

assistant editor, laboratory practice; courier/guide

Years in Parliament

1984-99 (def.)

Party

Labour

Constituency

London East

Other public offices

deputy leader, European PLP (1989-91)

Committees

Media, Youth & Culture; Industry; Social Affairs

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Pauline Green

Date of Birth

8 December 1948 (née Wiltshire)

Family

married, two children

Education

Open University, London School of Economics

Early career

police officer

Early political experience

contested Chipping Barnet council (1986)

Years in Parliament

1989-2000 (ret.)

Party

Labour

Constituency

London North

Offices held

President, Group of Party of European Socialists (1994-2000)

Committees

Environment, Public Health, Consumer Protection

Other public offices

Chief executive, Cooperative Union (2000-)

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Christine Oddy

Date of Birth

20 September 1955

Education

Birkbeck College, University College London

Early career

law clerk, solicitor, law lecturer

Years in Parliament

1989-99 (ret.)

Party

Labour

Constituency

Midlands Central, Coventry & Warwickshire North (1994-)

Other campaigns

contested Coventry North West (2001)

Committees

Women's Rights, Social Affairs, Legal Affairs

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Anita Pollack

Date of Birth

3 June 1946

Family

married, one child

Education

London Polytechnic, Birkbeck College

Early career

copywriter, editor

Early political experience

political and research assistant; contested London South West (1984), Woking (1987) (Westminster election)

Years in Parliament

1989-99 (def.)

Party

Labour

Constituency

London South West

Committees

Environment, Public Health & Consumer Protection; External Economic Relations; Women's Rights

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Veronica Hardstaff

Date of Birth

23 October 1941 (née Tutt)

Family

married, two children

Education

Universities of Manchester. Cologne

Early career

language teacher

Early political experience

Sheffield City Council (1971-78)

Years in Parliament

1994-99 (def.)

Party

Labour

Constituency

Lincolnshire & Humberside

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Susan Waddington

Date of Birth

23 August 1944

Family

married, two children

Education

Leicester University

Early career

lecturer, community worker

Early political experience

Leicestershire County Council (1973-91; leader 1982-84); contested Leicestershire North West (1987)

Years in Parliament

1994-99 (def.)

Party

Labour

Constituency

Leicester

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