Diana Maddock, Baroness Maddock

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The Right Honourable
The Baroness Maddock
Diana Maddock crop.jpg
Maddock in 2015
President of the Liberal Democrats
In office
1 January 1999 – 31 December 2000
Preceded by Robert Maclennan
Succeeded by Navnit Dholakia
Member of Parliament
for Christchurch
In office
29 July 1993 – 8 April 1997
Preceded by Robert Adley
Succeeded by Christopher Chope
Personal details
Born (1945-05-19) 19 May 1945 (age 72)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrat
Spouse(s) Lord Beith (2001-)

Diana Margaret Maddock, Baroness Maddock, Lady Beith (born 19 May 1945),[1] is a Liberal Democrat politician.

Education and Early Career[edit]

Diana Maddock was educated at Shenstone Training College[2] and Portsmouth Polytechnic[3] (now 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.

Political career[edit]

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.[4] She is a co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group.

From 1998 to 2000 she was President of the Liberal Democrats.[5]

In 2005 she was elected a member of Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council, for Berwick North ward, as Councillor Diana Beith.[6] 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.[7]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Lord Beith, formerly MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed.[8] She and her husband are one of the few couples who both hold titles in their own right.


  • 1945–1966: Miss Diana Derbyshire
  • 1966–1997: Mrs Robert Frank Maddock
  • 1997–2001: The Right Honourable The Baroness Maddock
  • 2001–2008: The Right Honourable The Baroness Maddock, Mrs Beith
  • 2008–present: The Right Honourable The Baroness Maddock, Lady Beith


  1. ^ http://myparliament.info/Member/685
  2. ^ Who's Who (2016)
  3. ^ Who's Who (2016)
  4. ^ "No. 54938". The London Gazette. 4 November 1997. p. 12377. 
  5. ^ "Party President". Official Liberal Democrat Website. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Chapter 23 Northumberland". Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Northumberland County Council Election Results 2008". Northumberland County Council. Retrieved May 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ "Beith to marry Maddock". BBC News. 2000-10-31. 

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