Janet Fookes, Baroness Fookes

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The Right Honourable
The Baroness Fookes
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Baroness Fookes, December 2011.
Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means
In office
27 April 1992 – 14 May 1997
Speaker Betty Boothroyd
Preceded by Betty Boothroyd
Succeeded by Michael Lord
Member of Parliament
for Plymouth Drake
Merton and Morden (1970-1974)
In office
18 June 1970 – 1 May 1997
Preceded by Humphrey Atkins
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1936-02-21) 21 February 1936 (age 81)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative

Janet Evelyn Fookes, Baroness Fookes, DBE, DL (born 21 February 1936) is a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, she is a Life Peer in the House of Lords. She was previously a member of the House of Commons from 1970–97, representing the constituencies of Merton and Morden (1970–74) and Plymouth Drake (1974–97). She was a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons from 1992-97.


Fookes was educated at Royal Holloway College, University of London.[1] She worked as a teacher from 1958-70. She served as a Councillor on Hastings Borough Council from 1960–61, and 1963-70.[1]

Fookes was elected a Member of Parliament (MP) representing Merton and Morden in 1970. When this constituency was abolished, she was elected MP for Plymouth Drake in 1974.[1] Drake was never a safe seat, but Fookes managed to survive many strong challenges in each general election she fought, including winning by a majority of just 34 at the October 1974 general election. She served as one of three Deputy Speakers of the House of Commons from 1992-97. She retired from the House of Commons in 1997.

Fookes served on the Council of the RSPCA 1975-92, and was its chair from 1979-81. She was also a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (1987–97).[1] She is an Ambassador for unemployment charity, Tomorrow's People Trust.[2]


On 30 September 1997, she was made a Life Peer as Baroness Fookes, of Plymouth in the County of Devon.[3]

She had previously been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 1989 New Year's Honours,[4] and became Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex in 2001.

Fookes is unmarried.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics
  2. ^ "Tomorrow's People honours Baroness Fookes". 30 November 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "No. 54913". The London Gazette. 7 October 1997. p. 11279. 
  4. ^ "No. 51578". The London Gazette. 31 December 1988. p. 7. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Humphrey Atkins
Member of Parliament for Merton and Morden
1970–Feb 1974
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Plymouth Drake
Feb 1974–1997