Anne Kerr (politician)
Before entering politics she was an actress and television interviewer.
Always passionately interested in human rights issues, Kerr was vocal in protesting against the executions of three black Rhodesians in 1968, the first since Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence, placing a wreath of flowers outside the Rhodesian embassy in London on the day of the executions, on 6 March. She attended the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago when she was detained and manhandled by police. She was also a staunch opponent of Britain's entry into Europe's Common Market, and after her 1970 defeat she was a founder of Women Against the Common Market.
Kerr died at her home at Twickenham of acute alcoholic poisoning. At her August 1973 inquest, her husband Russell Kerr, also a Labour Member of Parliament, said that she had never really recovered from being beaten by police at Chicago five years earlier.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Anne Kerr
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