|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 (1887–1951) was a British actress and politician. She was the third female member 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 Mabel Russell 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, 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". 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