Shreela Flather, Baroness Flather
Shreela Flather, Baroness Flather (born 13 February 1934) is a teacher and British politician.
She became a life peer for the Conservative party in 11 June 1990 as Baroness Flather, of Windsor and Maidenhead in the Royal County of Berkshire. She was the first Asian woman to receive a peerage. In 1998 she resigned the Conservative whip over the demotion of Viscount Cranborne for his actions to reduce the impact of the 1999 House of Lords Act. She rejoined the party in 1999, but left a second time in 2008, since when she has sat as a crossbencher.
She has also been a teacher of English as a second language and a member of the Conservative Women's National Committee. Baroness Flather has been recognised as Asian Who's Who Asian of the Year 1996. She has served senior posts in various organisations involved in refugee, community, race relations and prison work.
Baroness Flather is a distinguished supporter of the British Humanist Association and an honorary associate of the National Secular Society. She is one of the Vice Chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group. She lives in Maidenhead with her husband.
In September 2011 she suggested people in the British Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities had a large number of children in order to be able to claim more benefits.
- London Gazette no. 52169. p. 10541
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- "Immigrants have children for benefits, says Asian peer". BBC News. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
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