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
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater London School of Economics

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


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

Political career[edit]

She served as a councillor in West Sussex from 1971–74[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 she returned to the House of Commons where she worked as an assistant to Labour MPs. 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, and in 1977, after 'years of notoriety' in the house, she was deselected as a parliamentary candidate by her party.[3] 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.[4]

She published an autobiography Woman in the House (1980).[5]


  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. ^ BBC News - Scandals Past, 22 December 1998
  4. ^ Everything 2 article on Colquhoun, consulted 31May 2010
  5. ^ 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