|Member of Parliament
for Lancaster (1970-1997)
|Preceded by||Stanley Henig|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished, see Lancaster and Wyre|
|Member of the European Parliament
(for Cumbria 1979–84)
|Succeeded by||Sheila Faith for Cumbria and Lancashire North|
|Born||8 July 1923|
|Died||4 March 2014(aged 90)|
|Spouse(s)||Charles Norman Kellett
(1945–1959; his death)
|Children||4 (to Charles Norman Kellett)|
Life and career
Born Mary Elaine Kay to Walter and Edith (née Leather) Kay, she was educated at The Mount School, York, St Anne's College, Oxford and Barnett House, Oxford, and became a barrister, called to the bar by Middle Temple in 1964. She served as a councillor on Denbigh Borough Council, 1952-55, and the London Borough of Camden, 1968-74. She was also a governor of Culford School, 1963–2003.
As Mary Kellett, she contested Nelson and Colne in 1955, South West Norfolk twice in 1959, and Buckingham in 1964 and 1966. She was MP for Lancaster from 1970 until her retirement in 1997. She also served as a Member of the European Parliament in the British delegation from 1975, and was then elected for Cumbria and Lancashire North in 1979. She served until 1984, when she stepped down in order to concentrate on her seat in the British Parliament.
Capital Gay arson attack
In 1987, the paper Capital Gay 's offices were targeted in an arson attack. Tony Banks said "On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I heard the hon. Member for Lancaster (Mrs. Kellett-Bowman) say that it was quite right that Capital Gay should have been fire—" Ms Kellett-Bowman said "I am quite prepared to affirm that it is quite right that there should be an intolerance of evil."
She had four children with her first husband, Charles Norman Kellett, but was widowed in December 1959; she remarried Edward Bowman in June 1971; the two served alongside each other on Camden Borough Council and as Members of the European Parliament; both took the shared surname of Kellett-Bowman.
- "Daily Telegraph Obituary for Dame Elaine Kellett-Bowman". Retrieved 7 March 2014.
- House of Commons debate December 15 1987, Hansard, vol 124 cc987-1038 Access date: 6 December 2014
- Andrew Pierce "Cheers ring out as David Cameron lays Tory history of homophobia to rest", Daily Telegraph, 2 July 2009
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, Times Newspapers Ltd, 1955, 1966, 1992 and 1997 editions.
- Who's Who, 2007 edition
- Wikipedia article Capital Gay
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Elaine Kellett-Bowman
|Member of the European Parliament for Cumbria
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Lancaster
see Lancaster and Wyre