Betty Boothroyd
Betty Boothroyd, Baroness Boothroyd, OM
Order of Merit
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, PC
Privy Council of the United Kingdom
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 (born 8 October 1929) is a British
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 politician, who served as Member of Parliament
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 (MP) for West Bromwich
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 and West Bromwich West from 1973 to 2000, initially for the Labour Party
Labour Party (UK)
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 and, from 1992 to 2000, as Speaker of the House of Commons. She was the first, and to date only, female Speaker.
Boothroyd was born in Dewsbury
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, Yorkshire
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, in 1929, to Archibald and Mary Boothroyd, textile workers.