Alice Bacon, Baroness Bacon

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Alice Martha Bacon, Baroness Bacon
CBE, PC
Chair of the Labour Party
In office
1950–1951
Prime Minister Clement Attlee
Preceded by Sam Watson
Succeeded by Harry Earnshaw
Member of Parliament
for Leeds South East
In office
26 May 1955 – 17 June 1970
Preceded by Denis Healey
Succeeded by Stan Cohen
Member of Parliament
for Leeds North East
In office
5 July 1945 – 25 May 1955
Preceded by John Craik-Henderson
Succeeded by Osbert Peake
Personal details
Born (1909-09-10)10 September 1909
Normanton, West Yorkshire
Died 24 March 1993(1993-03-24) (aged 83)
Political party Labour

Alice Martha Bacon, Baroness Bacon, CBE, PC (10 September 1909 – 24 March 1993) was a British Labour Party politician. She was born in Normanton, West Yorkshire.[1] Her father was a miner and Labour county councillor. She was educated at Normanton Girls' High School and Stockwell Training College. She then worked as a teacher.

Political career[edit]

Bacon delivered her first political speech at the age of 16.[2]

At the 1945 general election, she was elected as MP for Leeds North East. When constituency boundaries were revised for the 1955 general election, she transferred to the Leeds South East constituency, and served as that constituency's MP until she retired at the 1970 general election.

Bacon was a member of the Labour Party's National Executive Committee from 1941 until 1970, and served as the party's chair from 1950 to 1951. In the 1953 Coronation Honours she was appointed a CBE.[3]

When Labour re-entered government in 1964, Bacon became a Minister of State at the Home Office, remaining until 1967, and served under Frank Soskice and Roy Jenkins during a period when liberalising reforms were introduced. During her tenure at the Home Office, she was sworn of the Privy Council in 1966. From 1967 to 1970, she held the same rank at the Department of Education and Science.

After Bacon's retirement from the House of Commons, she was created Baroness Bacon, of the City of Leeds and of Normanton in the West Riding of the County of York on 14 October 1970.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reeves, Rachel; Carr, Richard (2017), Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon, London: I. B. taurus & Co. Ltd, ISBN 978 1 78453 768 5 
  2. ^ Stead, Jean. “Woman in Whitehall.” The Guardian, November 16, 1964, p. 6
  3. ^ "No. 39863". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 June 1953. p. 2953. 
  4. ^ "No. 45216". The London Gazette. 20 October 1970. pp. 11472–11473. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Craik-Henderson
Member of Parliament for Leeds North East
19451955
Succeeded by
Osbert Peake
Preceded by
Denis Healey
Member of Parliament for Leeds South East
19551970
Succeeded by
Stan Cohen
Party political offices
Preceded by
Sam Watson
Chair of the Labour Party
1950–1951
Succeeded by
Harry Earnshaw