Margaret Prosser, Baroness Prosser

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Margaret Theresa Prosser, Baroness Prosser, OBE (born 22 August 1937) is a Labour life peer.

Biography[edit]

Margaret Prosser was born on 22 August 1937 in Tooting, south London,[1] the daughter of Frederick James and Lillian (née Barry).[2]

She was educated at St Boniface Primary School, Tooting and St Philomena's School, Carshalton.[3] She studied as a mature student at North East London Polytechnic, qualifying with a Post-graduate Diploma in Advice and Information Studies in 1977.

Margaret Prosser became active in the Labour party and the trades union movement in the early 1970s, rising through the ranks of the Transport and General Workers' Union (T&G) to become Deputy General Secretary in 1998.[4] She was President of the Trades Union Congress in 1996.

She was a member of the Equal Opportunities Commission 1985-92 and the Low Pay Commission 2000-05. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1997 Birthday Honours.[5] From 1996 to 2001 she was Treasurer of the Labour Party.[6] From 2002 to 2006 she was Chair of the Women's National Commission.[7][8]

On 11 June 2004, she was created Baroness Prosser, of Battersea in the London Borough of Wandsworth.[9][7]

From 1 November 2004 to 31 October 2010 she was a Non-Executive Director of Royal Mail plc.[10][11] From 2006 to 2012 she served as Deputy Chair of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.[7][12]

In 2012 she published her autobiography Your Seat is at the End, written with Greg Watts and with a foreword by Tony Blair.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Transport and General Workers' Union / Papers of Margaret Prosser". Dserve Archive Catalog. Warwick University. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "PROSSER, Baroness". Who's Who. Who's Who (Dec 2013 online ed.). A & C Black. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Alexandra Rucki (22 September 2012). "Baroness Margaret Prosser of Battersea reflects on career in new book". Your Local Guardian. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Helene Mulholland (7 September 2005). "The big payback". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54794. p. 12. 14 June 1997.
  6. ^ "Baroness Prosser". Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Baroness Prosser". parliament.uk. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Georgina Fuller (20 March 2007). "Women and Work Commission chairman Baroness Prosser pleased at pace of progress on gender pay gap". Personnel Today. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 57328. p. 7561. 17 June 2004.
  10. ^ Terry Macalister (8 October 2004). "Crozier wins out in Royal Mail bust-up". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Baroness Margaret Prosser OBE". Businessweek (Bloomberg). Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Baroness Margaret Prosser of Battersea OBE". Equality and Human Rights Commission. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tom Burlison
Treasurer of the Labour Party
1996–2001
Succeeded by
Jimmy Elsby
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Jack Adams
Deputy General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union
1998–2002
Succeeded by
Tony Woodley
Preceded by
Leif Mills
President of the Trades Union Congress
1996
Succeeded by
Tony Dubbins