Lady Olga Maitland

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Lady Olga Maitland
Member of Parliament
for Sutton and Cheam
In office
9 April 1992 – 30 April 1997
Preceded by Neil Macfarlane
Succeeded by Paul Burstow
Personal details
Born Helen Olga Maitland
(1944-05-23) 23 May 1944 (age 74)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Robin William Patrick Hamilton Hay
Children Two sons and a daughter

Lady Helen Olga Hay (née Maitland; born 23 May 1944), usually known as Lady Olga Maitland, is a British Conservative politician and journalist, formerly member of parliament for Sutton and Cheam.

Family and education[edit]

The daughter of Patrick Maitland, 17th Earl of Lauderdale, and his wife Stanka (née Losanitch), Maitland was educated at St Mary and St Anne's School, Abbots Bromley, which is now the Abbots Bromley School for Girls, and the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in South Kensington.

Career[edit]

Maitland was a reporter for the Fleet Street News Agency, the Blackheath and District Reporter, and a columnist for the Sunday Express (1967–91). In 1983 she was founder and thereafter chairman of Families for Defence, and from 1992 was President of the Defence and Security Forum. In 1998 she became a contributor to the Daily Mail.

Politics[edit]

In the mid-1980s, Maitland formed the campaigning group, Women & Families for Defence, which aimed to counter the protests against the deployment of American Cruise missiles on British soil and to oppose the Greenham Common Peace Camp.

At the 1987 General Election, Maitland was the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate at Bethnal Green and Stepney, but was unsuccessful. Lady Olga Maitland subsequently became Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam from 1992 to the 1997 General Election that removed the Conservative Party from government when she lost to Liberal Democrat Paul Burstow. She unsuccessfully fought the seat again in 2001.

During her time as an MP at Westminster Olga Maitland was a member of the Parliamentary Select Committees for Education, Health and Procedures, Northern Ireland, Defence & Foreign Affairs, and was sometime secretary to the Conservative Backbench Committee. She was also a member of the Yugoslav Parliamentary Group. She promoted Private Members Bills in the House of Commons on Prisoner's Return to Custody (1995), and Offensive Weapons (1996), and in 1996–97 was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Sir John Wheeler, then Minister of State for Northern Ireland at the Northern Ireland Office.

In1997 Maitland reported to MI5 that a russian journalist who was a spy, Mr. Yuri Sagaydak, tried to recruit her. Sagaydak was exposured and sent back to USSR.[1]

Marriage[edit]

On 19 April 1969, she married Robin William Patrick Hamilton Hay, M.A., LL.B., a barrister who later became a Crown Court Recorder. They have two sons, Alastair and Fergus, and a daughter, Camilla.

Publications[edit]

  • Peace Studies in our Schools (1985; contributor)
  • Margaret Thatcher: the first ten years (1989)
  • Faith in the Family (1997)
  • Political Indoctrination in Our Schools.

References[edit]

  • Times Guide to the House of Commons 1997
  • Dewar, Peter Beauclerk, Burke's Landed Gentry of Great Britain - The Kingdom in Scotland, 19th edition, vol.1, 2001, p. 973, ISBN 0-9711966-0-5
  • Crooks, John, & Green, Alison, editors, Debrett's People of Today 2001, 14th edition, London, p. 1286, ISBN 1-870520-64-5

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Neil Macfarlane
Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam
19921997
Succeeded by
Paul Burstow