Maureen Colquhoun

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Maureen Morfydd Colquhoun
Member of Parliament for Northampton North
In office
28 February 1974 – 2 May 1979
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Antony Marlow
Personal details
Born (1928-08-12) 12 August 1928 (age 87)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater London School of Economics

Maureen Morfydd Colquhoun (/ˈkɑːhn/ KAH-hoon), born 12 August 1928[1] is a British economist and a former Labour Party politician.


Colquhoun attended the London School of Economics and later worked as a literary research assistant.[1]

Political career[edit]

Colquhoun served as a councillor in West Sussex from 1971 to 1974[1] until she was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Northampton North in 1974. She had previously contested Tonbridge in the 1970 general election.[1]

At the 1979 general election, she lost her seat to the Conservative Antony Marlow on an 8% swing.

Following her defeat as an MP, she worked as an assistant to other Labour MPs in the House of Commons. She was elected to Hackney London Borough Council in 1982–1990.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Colquhoun was Britain's first openly lesbian MP.[2]

She punched a car park attendant in a row about a parking ticket in December 1974.

She was married with three children, and divorced in 1980 after leaving parliament.[1]

Colquhoun moved to the Lake District where she was a member of the Lake District National Park Authority between 1998 and 2006.[3]

She published an autobiography, Woman in the House, in 1980.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics
  2. ^ Jeffery-Poulter, Stephen (1991). Peers, Queers, and Commons: The Struggle for Gay Law Reform from 1950 to the Present. Routledge. pp. 136–8. ISBN 0-415-05760-4. 
  3. ^ Everything 2 article on Colquhoun, consulted 31May 2010
  4. ^ Colquhoun, Maureen (10 November 1980). Woman in the House. Scan Publications. ISBN 0-906360-05-6. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Northampton North
February 19741979
Succeeded by
Antony Marlow