Barbara Ayrton-Gould

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Barbara Ayrton-Gould
Member of Parliament for Hendon North
In office
5 July 1945 – 22 February 1950
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Sir Ian Orr-Ewing
Personal details
Born Barbara Bodichon Ayrton
(1886-06-01)1 June 1886
Kensington, London
Died 14 October 1950(1950-10-14) (aged 64)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Gerald Gould
Children Michael Ayrton

Barbara Bodichon Ayrton-Gould (née Ayrton; June 1886 – 14 October 1950) was a Labour politician in the United Kingdom.

Background and family life[edit]

She was born in Kensington, London, the daughter of prominent electrical engineers and inventors Hertha Marks Ayrton and William Edward Ayrton. She married the writer Gerald Gould (1885–1936); the artist Michael Ayrton (1921–1975) was their son.

Political office[edit]

Having served as Chair of the Labour Party from 1939 to 1940, Gould was elected Member of Parliament for newly created Hendon North constituency in Labour's landslide victory of 1945. The forerunner constituency, Hendon had since 1935 grown considerably in population (and to some extent number of homes) and was split in two; it had been solidly won by Conservative candidates since 1910, however the north division fell to Gould's campaign, a feat not to be repeated until 1997 by a Labour candidate.

Gould held the seat until losing the next general election (in 1950), when it was gained by Ian Orr-Ewing (Con). Gould died aged 64, eight months after leaving the House of Commons.


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Hendon North
Succeeded by
Ian Orr-Ewing