Diana Maddock, Baroness Maddock

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The Baroness Maddock
Baroness Diana Maddock.jpg
Baroness Maddock's official parliamentary photo, 2018
President of the Liberal Democrats
In office
1 January 1999 – 31 December 2000
Preceded byRobert Maclennan
Succeeded byNavnit Dholakia
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
30 October 1997 – 26 June 2020
Life peerage
Member of Parliament
for Christchurch
In office
29 July 1993 – 8 April 1997
Preceded byRobert Adley
Succeeded byChristopher Chope
Personal details
Diana Margaret Derbyshire[1]

(1945-05-19)19 May 1945
Died26 June 2020(2020-06-26) (aged 75)
Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England
Political partyLiberal Democrat
Lord Beith (m. 2001)

Diana Margaret Maddock, Baroness Maddock, Lady Beith (19 May 1945 – 26 June 2020) was a British Liberal Democrat politician.

Education and early career[edit]

Diana Maddock was educated at Shenstone Training College and Portsmouth Polytechnic[1] (now the University of Portsmouth) and was a teacher of English as a foreign language[2] until starting a family and becoming involved in politics in the mid-1970s.

Political career[edit]

Maddock joined the Liberal Party in 1976, and was elected to Southampton City Council in 1984. 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 created a life peer as Baroness Maddock, of Christchurch in the County of Dorset on 30 October 1997.[3] From 1998 to 2000, she was President of the Liberal Democrats.[4]

In 2005, she was elected a member of Northumberland County Council for Berwick North Division and in 2007 also to Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council for Edward Ward.[5][6]

Maddock did not re-stand for election to the County Council at the expiry of her term in 2008[7] and the Borough Council was abolished in 2009 and absorbed into Northumberland County Council.

Personal life[edit]

She married Lord Beith, formerly MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, in 2001.[8][9] She and her husband were one of the few couples who each held titles in their own right. She died on 26 June 2020 aged 75 at her home in Berwick-upon Tweed, Northumberland.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b "Maddock, Baroness, (Diana Margaret Maddock) (born 19 May 1945)". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u26264. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Baroness Maddock". UK Parliament.
  3. ^ "No. 54938". The London Gazette. 4 November 1997. p. 12377.
  4. ^ "Party President". Official Liberal Democrat Website. Archived from the original on 25 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Chapter 23 Northumberland". Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Berwick-Upon-Tweed Borough Council Election Results 1973-2007" (PDF). The Elections Centre.
  7. ^ "Local Election Results 2008 - Northumberland". Local Elections Archive Project.
  8. ^ "Beith to marry Maddock". BBC News. 31 October 2000.
  9. ^ "About Alan Beith". berwicklibdems.org.uk. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  10. ^ Baroness Diana Maddock dead: Liberal Democrat peer dies aged 75, party confirms
  11. ^ "Death of a Member: Baroness Maddock - Hansard". hansard.parliament.uk.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Adley
Member of Parliament for Christchurch
Succeeded by
Christopher Chope
Party political offices
Preceded by
Robert Maclennan
President of the Liberal Democrats
Succeeded by
Navnit Dholakia