Diana Organ

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Diana Mary Organ
Member of Parliament
for Forest of Dean
In office
1 May 1997 – 5 May 2005
Preceded by Constituency Established
Succeeded by Mark Harper
Personal details
Born (1952-02-21) 21 February 1952 (age 63)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater St Hugh's College, Oxford
University of Bath
Bristol Polytechnic

Diana Mary Organ (born 21 February 1952) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Forest of Dean from 1997 to 2005.

Early life[edit]

Her father was Finance Controller of GKN. She went to the independent Edgbaston Church of England College for Girls on Calthorpe Road in Edgbaston, Birmingham (which became the co-ed St. Georges School, Birmingham in 1999). At (then all female) St Hugh's College, Oxford, she gained a BA in Geography in 1973. At the School of Education at the University of Bath, she gained a PGCE in 1974. From Bristol Polytechnic in 1981, she gained a Diploma in Special Education.[1]

From 1974–77, she was an assistant special needs teacher. She was deputy head of St Germans primary school near Saltash, Cornwall from 1977–9. From 1979–82, she was Head of a Special Needs Unit in Somerset. She worked on supply in special schools in Somerset from 1982–8. She was an assistant English teacher in Somerset from 1988–92. She worked as a political researcher for Oxfordshire County Council from 1992–5.[1]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Organ contested West Gloucestershire in 1992, but was not successful. In 1995 she was again selected to stand for Labour through this time through all-women shortlist.[2] She was Labour Party Member of Parliament for the re-created seat of Forest of Dean from the 1997 election until she stepped down at the 2005 election, citing changing family circumstances.

Expenses[edit]

In February 2010, it was revealed that Organ is required to repay £15,964.01 in respect of wrongly claimed expenses relating to mortgage interest payments. However she has refused to repay the money so far.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

She married Richard in 1975. They have two daughters.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/vote2001/candidates/candidates/2/25705.stm. Retrieved 1 May 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19960109/ai_n9634358?tag=content;col1.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  3. ^ "What MPs have been asked to repay". The Independent (London). 4 February 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Wright, Stephen; Chapman, James (5 February 2010). "Shaming of the 389 greedy MPs who went too far". Daily Mail (London). 

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