Janet Fookes, Baroness Fookes
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|The Right Honourable
The Baroness Fookes
Baroness Fookes, December 2011.
|Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means|
27 April 1992 – 14 May 1997
|Preceded by||Betty Boothroyd|
|Succeeded by||Michael Lord|
|Member of Parliament
for Plymouth Drake
Merton and Morden (1970-1974)
18 June 1970 – 1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Humphrey Atkins|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
|Born||21 February 1936|
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 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. 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). She is an Ambassador for unemployment charity, Tomorrow's People Trust.
Fookes is unmarried.
- Times Guide to the House of Commons editions 1970-1992
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Janet Fookes
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Merton and Morden
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Plymouth Drake