Vera Woodhouse, Lady Terrington
She married firstly in 1907 to Ivo Sebright who died in 1912. In 1918 she married Harold Woodhouse, Lord Terrington, whom she divorced in 1926. Finally she married Max Lensveld in 1949.
She joined the Liberal party and took an active interest in the affairs of South Buckinghamshire. She served as Vice-President of the Buckinghamshire Lace Association. She was a Member of the Grand Council of Our Dumb Friends League. At the 1922 general election, she stood as a Liberal candidate in the Wycombe division of Buckinghamshire but the Conservative MP Colonel W. B. du Pré held the seat with a majority of 4,473.
|General Election 15 November 1922:
|Unionist||William Baring du Pré||15,627||50.1||n/a|
|Liberal||Lady Vera Terrington||11,154||35.8||n/a|
|General Election 6 December 1923:
|Liberal||Lady Vera Terrington||14,910||46.9||+11.1|
|Unionist||William Baring du Pré||13,228||41.7||-8.4|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||+9.8|
In Parliament, she supported the abolition of the means test for old-age pensions, and supported the Guardianship of Infants Bill which would have given both parents equal rights to custody. She also campaigned against cruelty to animals. She lost her seat a year later, at the 1924 general election.
|General Election 29 October 1924:
|Unionist||Sir Alfred Knox||20,820||54.8|
|Liberal||Lady Vera Terrington||12,526||33.0|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing|
After 1949 she moved to South Africa. She did not enter public life in South Africa. She died on 19 May 1973, cremated at Eastbourne on 30 May 1973; and her ashes were interred in East Hoathly, East Sussex Churchyard on 1 August 1973. At the time of her death she was living at Monks Cottage, Graywood, East Hoathly. Her age was given as 84.
- The Woman's Year Book, 1923
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Lady Terrington (Vera Woodhouse) at the Centre for the Advancement of Women in Politics
- Vera Terrington at schoolnet
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
William Baring du Pré
|Member of Parliament for Wycombe
Sir Alfred Knox