Elizabeth Shields

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Elizabeth Shields
Shields at the 1987 Liberal Party Assembly
Member of Parliament
for Ryedale
In office
8 May 1986 – 11 June 1987
Preceded by John Spence
Succeeded by John Greenway
Majority 4,940
Personal details
Born (1928-02-27) 27 February 1928 (age 89)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrats
Other political
Liberal (1980–1988)
Alma mater University of York

Elizabeth Lois Shields (née Teare; born 27 February 1928) is a British politician.

Shields studied at the University of York and became a teacher and lecturer. She served as a councillor on Ryedale District Council from 1980 for Norton.

Shields contested Howden in 1979 and Ryedale in 1983. Following the death of Ryedale's Conservative MP John Spence in 1986, Shields achieved victory in the Ryedale by-election of 1986, becoming the constituency's first Liberal MP. However, it was a short-lived success, as the Conservative John Greenway regained Ryedale at the 1987 general election.

Shields stood for Ryedale again in 1992, but the Conservatives increased their majority. As of December 2010 she remains a Ryedale councillor for the Liberal Democrats, and for many years served as the Group Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the District Council. During 1989/1990 she held the office of Chairman of the District Council. She is currently the local Party President of Thirsk and Malton Liberal Democrats.


Further reading[edit]

A Year to Remember: Elizabeth Shields, Liberal Democrat Publications, Dorchester, 1995

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Spence
Member of Parliament for Ryedale
Succeeded by
John Greenway