Christine Crawley, Baroness Crawley
|Christine Mary Crawley
|Member of the European Parliament
for the Birmingham East
17 June 1984 – 10 June 1999
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|Succeeded by||Constituency Abolished|
|Born||9 January 1950|
|Alma mater||Digby Stuart College|
Early life and career
Crawley was educated at the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Girls' School in Birmingham before going to Digby Stuart College to train as a teacher. After graduation she began teaching children aged between 9 and 15, and also ran the local youth theatre.
Her work to gain funding for the youth theatre brought her into contact with local politicians, and she became involved in politics, joining the Labour Party. Soon after joining the party she became secretary of the local branch, and then Social Secretary for the local Women's Branch. She was elected as a District Councillor for the South Oxfordshire District Council, at a time when the Labour Party was a minority party on the council.
In 1983 she ran for a seat in the House of Commons but was not elected, instead spending a year working on local issues before she was elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Birmingham East constituency). As an MEP Crawley was active on the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality and helped push their Maternity Leave Directive through, becoming Chair of that committee in 1989. She stepped down as an MEP in 1999, and is now a member of the West Midlands Regional Assembly and a sponsor of the National Women's Network.
She was Chair of the Women's National Commission between 1999 and 2001, and in 1998 was created Baroness Crawley, of Edgbaston in the County of West Midlands. Between 2002 and 2008 she served as a Party Whip in the House of Lords.
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- "Women in Decision-making". European Database. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
- The London Gazette: . 30 July 1998. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
- Honorary doctorate awarded to Lady Crawley, plymouth.ac.uk; accessed 6 November 2013.