Margaret Tebbit

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Margaret Elizabeth Tebbit, Lady Tebbit, née Daines,[1] is a former nurse who was severely and permanently paralysed by the IRA's 12 October 1984 bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton, where she was staying with her husband, Norman Tebbit, then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, during the Conservative Party Conference.[2]

She married Norman Tebbit in 1956.[1] They have two sons and a daughter.[1] Prior to her injury, she worked as a nurse at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London.[3]

After the bomb explosion, she spent two years in Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, undergoing treatment in their spinal injuries units.[3] During this period, she recovered some use of her hands and arms.[3]

She appeared as a castaway on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 31 December 1995.[4] She compared her earlier experiences of severe post-natal depression with her later physical disability.[3][4]

She has been vice-president of the spinal cord injury charity Aspire.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Tebbit of Chingford, Rt. Hon. Lord Norman Beresford, CH, PC". BrillReference. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Interview by Deborah Ross (3 October 2009). "Norman Tebbit: 'Margaret and I both made the same mistake. We neglected to clone ourselves'". The Independent. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Donnelly, Laura (22 November 2009). "Lord Tebbit's wife Margaret: Norman and I don't have time to cry". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Margaret Tebbit". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 18 August 2014.