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FORMER UK WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Table 1 on this page lists all former British women members of the European Parliament since direct elections were first held in 1979. Between 1957 and 1979 the Parliamentary Assembly or Parliament (as it was called from 1962) was constituted of delegates from national parliaments chosen by each party. The UK had thirty-six seats in the European Parliament between 1973 and 1979, and seven women were among these delegates. In addition to those who continued to serve after 1979 and are listed below, the others were Betty Boothroyd (1975-77), Gwyneth Dunwoody (1975-79), Peggy Fenner (1974-75), and Baroness Fisher of Rednal (1975-79). Table 2 gives a gender breakdown of each party's complement of MEPs after each election, while Table 3 gives a gender breakdown of the each election's overall result.

Table 1: Former UK Women MEPs (as at 25 October 2010)

Name

Party

Constituency

Dates

Baroness Elles

Conservative

Thames Valley (1979-)

1973-75, 1979-89

Winifred Ewing

SNP

Highlands & Islands (1979-)

1975-99

Elaine Kellett-Bowman

Conservative

Cumbria & Lancashire North (1979-)

1975-84

Beata Brookes

Conservative

Wales North

1979-89

Janey Buchan

Labour

Glasgow

1979-94

Barbara Castle

Labour

Greater Manchester North, Greater Manchester West (1984-)

1979-89

Ann Clwyd

Labour

Mid & West Wales

1979-84

Norvela Forster

Conservative

Birmingham South

1979-84

Gloria Hooper

Conservative

Liverpool Central

1979-84

Joyce Quin

Labour

Tyne & Wear South

1979-89

Shelagh Roberts

Conservative

London South West

1979, 1979-89

Christine Crawley

Labour

Birmingham East

1984-99

Margaret Daly

Conservative

Somerset & Dorset West

1984-94

Sheila Faith

Conservative

Cumbria & Lancashire North

1984-89

Carole Tongue

Labour

London East

1984-99

Pauline Green

Labour

London North

1989-2000

Anne McIntosh

Conservative

Essex North East, Essex North & Suffolk South (1994-)

1989-99

Christine Oddy

Labour

Midlands Central, Coventry & Warwickshire North (1994-)

1989-99

Anita Pollack

Labour

London South West

1989-1999

Patricia Rawlings

Conservative

Essex South West

1989-1994

Angela Billingham

Labour

Northamptonshire & Blaby

1994-1999

Veronica Hardstaff

Labour

Lincolnshire & Humberside

1994-1999

Susan Waddington

Labour

Leicester

1994-1999

Caroline Jackson Conservative South West
1984-2009
Glenys Kinnock Labour Wales
1994-2009
Eluned Morgan* Labour Wales
1994-2008
Theresa Villiers Conservative London
199-2005
Neena Gill Labour West Midlands
199-2009
Elspeth Attwooll Liberal Democrat Scotland
1999-2009
Baroness Nicholson Liberal Democrat South East
199-2009
* Eluned Morgan announced in 2008 she would step down from her post as MEP at the 2009 election, citing the pressures of combining work and family life. In an interview in October 2008 she stated, 'Clearly I want women to be involved in politics, but here are some very practical difficulties'. Morgan was the youngest MEP at 27 when she was elected in 1994

Table 2: UK European election results by gender and party, 1979 to 2009

Date

Women

Men

% Women

Conservative

1979

6

57

10

1984

6

39

13

1989

4

28

13

1994

3

15

17

1999

3

33

..8

2004

2

25

7

2009

6

18

..25

Labour

1979

4

10

29

1984

5

27

16

1989

7

38

20

1994

12..

50

19

1999

10..

18

36

2004

7..

12

37

2009

5..

8

38

Others

1979

1

3

33

1984

1

3

33

1989

1

3

33

1994

1

6

14

1999

8

15..

35

2004

10

22..

29

2009

14

21..

40

Table 3: UK European election results by gender, 1979 to 2009

Date

Women

Men

% Women

1979

11

70

14

1984

12

69

15

1989

12

69

15

1994

16

71

18

1999

21

67

24

2004

19

59

24

2009

25

47

35


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