- Category : Political
- Type : PSP
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Tension 3
British politician and Member of the House of Commons 1945-1979, called the "Margaret Thatcher of the Labour Party." The daughter of a left-wing activist dad who was an income tax inspector, she won a scholarship to Oxford at 19.
Her friendship to Harold Wilson was central to her Parliamentary career. When Wilson became P.M. 10/16/1964, he summoned her to N.10. As the first female Minister of Transport, 12/22/1965, she introduced the breathalyzer test and speed limits.
When Callaghan became P.M., she was demoted on 5/13/1969. She left her position in June 1970 when the Tories won as it was the end of her hopes of becoming P.M. In early 1979, she stood down, apparently the end of her political career until she was elected as a European M.P. in June 1979.
Married to the Baron of Islington, 1945; no kids; she was widowed on 12/26/1979 after 34 years of marriage. She wrote her memoir, "The Castle Diaries," 1980. She died peacefully at home in Buckinghamshire in her sleep at age 91 on 5/3/2002