|Member of Parliament|
31 May 1923 – 29 May 1929
|Prime Minister||Stanley Baldwin|
|Preceded by||Hilton Philipson|
|Succeeded by||Alfred Todd|
1 January 1887
|Died||8 January 1951(aged 64)|
Mabel Philipson (née Russell; 1 January 1887 – 8 January 1951) was a British actress and politician. She was the fourth female member to be elected to – and third to serve in – the House of Commons after this became legally possible in 1918, as Member of Parliament (MP) for Berwick-upon-Tweed.
She was born on 1 January 1887.
On 21 November 1918 the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918, introduced a few weeks previously by Lord Robert Cecil was given Royal Assent, making women eligible as Members of Parliament. Hilton Philipson, her husband, was unseated on petition in 1923, due to a fraud involving his agent. Mabel Philipson won the by-election to follow him, while standing as a Conservative. It was said that she made no secret that she intended to hold the seat until her husband's return; however when her husband's business hit financial difficulties in 1928 she announced her retirement as "the reason why I have held the seat has ceased to exist".
In February 1911 she married Thomas Stanley Rhodes (1890–1911) the son of Henry Rhodes a cotton manufacturer. Later that year, on 16 August, she and her husband were in a car crash at Brooklands motor racing circuit. He died of his injuries, and Mabel was severely injured.
- Tilly of Bloomsbury (1931)
- John Sleight, Women on the March (1986)
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- Pamela Brookes, "Women at Westminster", Peter Davies, London, 1967, p. 37-8.
- Daily Telegraph, 20 November 1928, cited in Pamela Brookes, "Women at Westminster", Peter Davies, London, 1967, p. 67.
- Pamela Brookes, "Women at Westminster", Peter Davies, London, 1967, p. 67.
- "Stanley Rhodes Dies" (PDF). New York Times. 17 Aug 1911. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Mabel Philipson
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed