Dorothy Jewson

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Dorothy Jewson
Member of Parliament for Norwich
In office
6 December 1923 – 28 October 1924
Serving with Walter Robert Smith
Preceded by George Henry Roberts
Succeeded by James Griffyth Fairfax
Personal details
Born (1884-08-17)17 August 1884
Died 29 February 1964(1964-02-29) (aged 79)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) R. Tanner Smith
(m. 1936, d. 1939)
Campbell Stephen
(m. 1945, d. 1947)
Alma mater Girton College, Cambridge

Dorothy Jewson (17 August 1884 – 29 February 1964) was a British teacher, trade union organiser, Labour Party politician, and one of her party's first female Members of Parliament.

Early life[edit]

The daughter of Alderman George Jewson, a prosperous coal merchant, Jewson was born in Norwich.

Education and early career[edit]

Jewson was educated at Norwich High School for Girls and Girton College, Cambridge, before becoming a teacher. With her brother, she carried out a large-scale investigation into poverty in the city. It was published as The Destitute of Norwich. As a pacifist she opposed the First World War.

Political career[edit]

At the 1923 general election, she was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Norwich, one of the first three women—Margaret Bondfield and Susan Lawrence were the others—to be elected as Labour MPs.[1] However, she lost her seat at the 1924 general election, and never returned to Parliament.

From 1927 to 1936, she was a member of Norwich City Council. In 1936 she married firstly R. Tanner Smith, who died in 1939. She married secondly, in 1945, Campbell Stephen, member of parliament for Glasgow Camlachie. He died in 1947.[2]


  1. ^ Abrahams, Fran (2003), "Margaret Bondfield - in power", in Abrahams, Fran, Freedom's cause: lives of the suffragettes, London: Profile Books, pp. 229–230, ISBN 9781861974259. 
  2. ^ Obituary, Mrs Dorothy Stephen Former Labour M.P. For Norwich in The Times, 3 March 1964, Issue 55950, p. 14, col. B

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hilton Young
George Henry Roberts
Member of Parliament for Norwich
With: Walter Robert Smith
Succeeded by
Hilton Young
James Griffyth Fairfax