Megan Lloyd George

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Megan Lloyd George

Lady Megan Lloyd George, CH (22 April 1902 – 14 May 1966) was a Welsh politician, the first female Member of Parliament (MP) for a Welsh constituency, and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party. She later became a Labour MP.

Background[edit]

Megan with her father

She was the youngest child of David Lloyd George and his wife, Margaret, being born in 1902 in Criccieth, Caernarfonshire (present-day Gwynedd). Her name at birth was registered as "Megan Arvon George", but was known as "Megan Lloyd George". After her father was raised to the Peerage as Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor, she became known as "Lady Megan Lloyd George".

Liberal party[edit]

Megan in 1910 aged 7

Like her brother, Gwilym, she followed her father into politics. She became the first female MP in Wales when she won Anglesey for the Liberals in 1929.

Along with her father, she refused to support Ramsay MacDonald's National Government in 1931 and successfully held Anglesey as an Independent Liberal at the 1931 General Election. She held the seat again as a Liberal from 1935 to 1951.

Throughout the 1940s and 1950s she campaigned for a Welsh Parliament and the creation of a Secretary of State for Wales. Prominent among the radicals in the Liberal Party, she opposed what she saw as the party's drift away from her father's brand of liberalism. In 1949 she was named Deputy Leader of the party in a bid to create unity, but after losing her seat she stood down in 1952.

Labour party[edit]

In 1955 she defected to the Labour party. In 1957 she stood against the Liberals as the Labour Party candidate in a by-election in Carmarthen and won the seat from them, which she held until her death from breast cancer in Pwllheli in 1966, aged 64. She was named a Companion of Honour posthumously in the dissolution honours published five days after her death.[citation needed]

She was Baron Noel-Baker's romantic partner from 1936 until Noel-Baker's wife's death in 1956.[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Robert Thomas
Member of Parliament for Anglesey
19291951
Succeeded by
Cledwyn Hughes
Preceded by
Sir Rhys Hopkin Morris
Member of Parliament for Carmarthen
19571966
Succeeded by
Gwynfor Evans
Party political offices
Preceded by
Post vacant
Previous incumbent: Percy Harris
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party
1949 – 1951
Succeeded by
Post vacant
Next incumbent: Donald Wade