Anne Campbell

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Anne Campbell
MP
Member of Parliament
for Cambridge
In office
9 April 1992 – 5 May 2005
Preceded by Robert Rhodes James
Succeeded by David Howarth
Personal details
Born (1940-04-06) 6 April 1940 (age 74)
Political party Labour

Anne Campbell (born 6 April 1940) is an English Labour Party politician. She was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cambridge from 1992 to 2005.

Early life[edit]

She went to Newnham College, Cambridge, taking the Maths Tripos, and gaining an MA in 1965.

Before she became an MP she was a councillor on Cambridgeshire County Council from 1985-9. She was a secondary school maths teacher in Cambridgeshire, a lecturer in Statistics at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology (became Anglia Higher Education College in 1989) from 1970–83, and head of Statistics and Data Processing at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany from 1983-92.

Parliamentary career[edit]

She was first elected in the 1992 general election. Under threat of deselection, in 2003 she resigned as Patricia Hewitt's PPS to vote against the Iraq War, having previously voted to support the Government's policy on 26 February. She lost her seat at the 2005 general election to David Howarth of the Liberal Democrats. Campbell's defeat was in part attributed to her perceived indeciveness over the government's university top-up fee programme: she abstained on the second reading of the bill, then voted with the government on the third reading, despite a public promise that she would oppose the scheme [1]. This move was very unpopular amongst the large student population of her constituency.[citation needed]

Campbell was described as a 'loyal Blairite' in the mainstream national press and unkindly in a lower (tabloid) rung of the press as a 'ministerial bag-carrier'.[citation needed]

In 2008, Campbell was portrayed by Harriet Walter in 10 Days to War, a BBC television dramatisation of the events leading up to the Iraq war.[1]

Campbell became Chair of the Fabian Society for 2008. [2]

Personal life[edit]

Anne Campbell is a vegetarian. Campbell was often seen riding her bike around the Cambridge constituency and was the first MP to run a website.[2] She married Archibald, a Cambridge professor, in 1963 and they have a son and two daughters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IMDB 10 Days To War". Archived from the original on 18 February 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Hansard Society, 'Parliament for the Future (P4tF)', September 2007. http://www.hansardsociety.org.uk/blogs/downloads/archive/2007/10/21/parliament-for-the-future-p4tf-september-2007.aspx

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Rhodes James
Member of Parliament for Cambridge
19922005
Succeeded by
David Howarth