Alice Cullen

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Alice Cullen
JP MP
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Gorbals
In office
30 September 1948 – 31 May 1969
Prime Minister Clement Attlee
Preceded by George Buchanan
Succeeded by Frank McElhone
Personal details
Born Alice McLaughlin
(1891-03-18)18 March 1891
Died 31 May 1969(1969-05-31) (aged 78)
Political party Labour

Alice Cullen, JP (née McLaughlin; 18 March 1891 – 31 May 1969) was a Scottish Labour Party politician. She was the first ever female Roman Catholic Member of Parliament.

Early life[edit]

Educated at Lochwinnoch Elementary School, Cullen was a housewife, twice widowed, and married three times. She was a member of Glasgow Corporation from 1935–45, and became a Justice of the Peace in 1941.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

She was elected to the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for the safe Labour seat of Glasgow Gorbals at a by-election in 1948, caused by the resignation of the previous MP, George Buchanan to take up the position of Chairman of the National Assistance Board.[citation needed]

She held the seat at subsequent general elections, until her death in 1969 at the age of 78. She was MP for Glasgow Gorbals at the time of "The Gorbals Vampire" incident in September 1954 when hundreds of schoolchildren went searching a cemetery armed with stakes to find "a vampire with iron teeth". This sparked legislation to prevent the sale of American horror comics to minors which she supported, along with all the other Glasgow MPs.[citation needed]

A play loosely based on this incident, The Gorbals Vampire, was performed at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow in October 2016.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Buchanan
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Gorbals
19481969
Succeeded by
Frank McElhone