Sheila Wright

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Sheila Rosemary Rivers Wright (22 March 1925 – 5 July 2013) was an India-born British Labour Party politician.

Shelia Wright was born in Cawnpore, India and raised in India. Her father was the an Inspector General of police until his death when Sheila was 12 years old. She was subsequently raised by her mother who also managed a sick animal sanctuary. Initially taught by her nanny and governesses until age 11 she then taught herself politics, philosophy and history.

She left India just after the Second World War in Europe ended and lived in Southampton. She gained a social science certificate from the University of Southampton in 1951 and a sociology degree from the University of London in 1956.

She married and although her name changed to Gregory she retained her maiden name in politics.

She became a social worker and served as a councillor on Birmingham City Council 1956-79, becoming an honorary alderman. As chair of the Birmingham Education Committee she oversaw the introduction of the comprehensive education system.

Wright was elected Member of Parliament for Birmingham Handsworth in 1979. She served until 1983, when boundary changes abolished the seat and she gave up the nomination due to family matters.

She continued to perform voluntary work for the Birmingham central health authority and on numerous school governing bodies throughout Birmingham.

Sheila died on 5 July 2013, aged 88, after a long illness.[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Lee
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Handsworth
19791983
Constituency abolished