Harriet Slater

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Harriet Slater
Member of Parliament
for Stoke-on-Trent North
In office
31 March 1953 – 30 March 1966
Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Preceded by Albert Davies
Succeeded by John Forrester
Personal details
Born Harriet Evans
1903 (1903)
Died 12 October 1976(1976-10-12) (aged 72–73)
Political party Labour

Harriet Slater CBE (née Evans; 1903 – 12 October 1976) was a British Labour and Co-operative politician.

Early life and career[edit]

Educated at Hanley High School and Dudley Teachers’ Training College, Slater was National Organiser for the Cooperative Party from 1942 to 1953, and a local councillor in Stoke-on-Trent from 1933 to 1965.

She was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stoke-on-Trent North at a by-election in 1953, and served until her retirement at the 1966 general election.[1][2] From 1964 to 1966, she was a Government whip, the first woman to become one, with the formal title of Lord of the Treasury.[3]


  1. ^ "Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics". www.qub.ac.uk. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Labour Women in Parliament". Labour Women's Network. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "The role of the Whips in Parliament". UK Parliament. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Albert Davies
Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent North
Succeeded by
John Forrester