Diana Organ

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Diana Mary Organ
Member of Parliament
for Forest of Dean
In office
2 May 1997 – 11 April 2005
Preceded by Constituency Established
Succeeded by Mark Harper
Personal details
Born (1952-02-21) 21 February 1952 (age 65)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater St Hugh's College, Oxford
University of Bath
Bristol Polytechnic

Diana Mary Organ (born 21 February 1952) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Forest of Dean from the 1997 to 2005 general elections.

Early life[edit]

Her father was Finance Controller of GKN. She went to the independent Edgbaston Church of England College for Girls in Edgbaston, Birmingham (which became the co-ed St. Georges School, Birmingham in 1999). At (then all female) St Hugh's College, Oxford, she gained a BA in Geography in 1973. At the School of Education at the University of Bath, she gained a PGCE in 1974. From Bristol Polytechnic in 1981, she gained a Diploma in Special Education.[1]

From 1974–77, she was an assistant special needs teacher. She was deputy head of St Germans primary school near Saltash, Cornwall from 1977–9. From 1979–82, she was Head of a Special Needs Unit in Somerset. She worked on supply in special schools in Somerset from 1982–8. She was an assistant English teacher in Somerset from 1988–92. She worked as a political researcher for Oxfordshire County Council from 1992–5.[1]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Organ contested West Gloucestershire at the 1992 general election, but was not successful. In 1995 she was again selected to stand for Labour, this time through an all-women shortlist.[2] She was Labour Party Member of Parliament for the re-created seat of Forest of Dean from the 1997 election until she stepped down at the 2005 election, citing changing family circumstances.


In February 2010, it was revealed that Organ is required to repay £15,964.01 in respect of falsely claimed expenses relating to mortgage interest payments. However she was refusing to repay the money in February 2010.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

She married Richard in 1975. The couple have two daughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/vote2001/candidates/candidates/2/25705.stm. Retrieved 1 May 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19960109/ai_n9634358?tag=content;col1.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  3. ^ "What MPs have been asked to repay". The Independent. London. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Wright, Stephen; Chapman, James (5 February 2010). "Shaming of the 389 greedy MPs who went too far". Daily Mail. London. 

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