Diana Maddock, Baroness Maddock
|The Right Honourable
The Baroness Maddock
Lady Maddock during the 2009 Liberal Democrat Party Conference
|President of the Liberal Democrats|
1 January 1999 – 31 December 2000
|Preceded by||Robert Maclennan|
|Succeeded by||Navnit Dholakia|
|Member of Parliament
29 July 1993 – 8 April 1997
|Preceded by||Robert Adley|
|Succeeded by||Christopher Chope|
|Born||31 January 1947|
|Political party||Liberal Democrat|
|Spouse(s)||Sir Alan Beith (2001-)|
Education and Early Career
Diana Maddock was educated at the University of Portsmouth and was a teacher of English as a foreign language until she started a family and got involved in politics in the mid-1970s.
Maddock joined the Liberal Party in 1976, and was elected to Southampton City Council in 1984 until she was elected to parliament in 1993. During this time she was leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the council. She unsuccessfully contested Southampton Test at the 1992 general election, coming third.
She was elected as Member of Parliament for Christchurch at a by-election in 1993 that was caused by the death of Robert Adley, but lost the seat at the 1997 election to the Conservative candidate Christopher Chope. She was made a life peer as Baroness Maddock, of Christchurch in the County of Dorset, in 1997. She is a co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group.
In 2005 she was elected a member of Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council, for Berwick North ward, as Councillor Diana Beith. The council was abolished in 2009 and the Borough was absorbed into the new unitary authority of Northumberland County Council. In the election for Berwick North ward of the new council, held in May 2008, her successor as the Liberal Democrat candidate was defeated.
- Miss Diana Derbyshire (1947–1966)
- Mrs Diana Maddock (1966–1997)
- The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Maddock (1997–2000)
- The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Maddock, Mrs Beith (2000–2008)
- The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Maddock, Lady Beith (2008–)
- The London Gazette: . 4 November 1997. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
- "Party President". Official Liberal Democrat Website. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- "Chapter 23 Northumberland". Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- "Northumberland County Council Election Results 2008". Northumberland County Council. Retrieved May 2013.
- "Beith to marry Maddock". BBC News. 2000-10-31.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Diana Maddock
- Baroness Maddock profile at the site of Liberal Democrats
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Christchurch
|Party political offices|
|President of the Liberal Democrats