Anne Kerr (politician)

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Anne Patricia Kerr
Member of Parliament
for Rochester and Chatham
In office
15 October 1964 – 17 June 1970
Preceded by Julian Critchley
Succeeded by Peggy Fenner
Majority 1,013
Personal details
Born (1925-03-24)24 March 1925
Died 29 July 1973(1973-07-29) (aged 48)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Russell Kerr

Anne Patricia Kerr (24 March 1925–29 July 1973) was a British Labour Party politician who was elected for two successive terms as a Member of Parliament.

Early life[edit]

Before entering politics she was an actress and television interviewer.

Parliamentary career[edit]

She won the Rochester and Chatham seat at the 1964 general election, defeating the sitting Conservative MP Julian Critchley with a majority of 1,013 votes.[1]

She defeated Critchley again at the 1966 general election, with an increased majority,[2] but lost by over 5,000 votes at the 1970 election to Conservative Peggy Fenner.[3]

Always passionately interested in human rights issues, Kerr was vocal in protesting against the executions of three black Rhodesians in 1968, the first since Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence, placing a wreath of flowers outside the Rhodesian embassy in London on the day of the executions, on 6 March.[4] She attended the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago when she was detained and manhandled by police. She was also a staunch opponent of Britain's entry into Europe's Common Market, and after her 1970 defeat she was a founder of Women Against the Common Market.


Kerr died at her home at Twickenham of acute alcoholic poisoning. At her August 1973 inquest, her husband Russell Kerr, also a Labour Member of Parliament, said that she had never really recovered from being beaten by police at Chicago five years earlier.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Julian Critchley
Member of Parliament for Rochester and Chatham
Succeeded by
Peggy Fenner