Norah Phillips, Baroness Phillips

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Norah Mary Phillips, Baroness Phillips, JP (née Lusher; 12 August 1910 – 14 August 1992[1]) was a British Labour politician.

Phillips was educated at Hampton Training College as a teacher. She became active in her local Fulham Labour Party and in 1930 married fellow Fulham activist Morgan Phillips,[1] a former miner and later the General Secretary of the Labour Party 1944–1961. They had a son and a daughter, Gwyneth Dunwoody, who became a long-serving Labour Member of Parliament.

Phillips was a long-serving London magistrate and co-founder of the National Association of Women's Clubs (1935).[2] She was made a life peer on 21 December 1964 as Baroness Phillips, of Fulham in the County of Greater London[3] and was the first female government whip in the House of Lords, as Baroness-in-Waiting 1965–70.

She championed consumer issues and in 1965 founded the Housewives Trust to help shoppers obtain better value for money.[2] In 1977 she became director of the Association for the Prevention of Theft in Shops.[1]

She served as Lord Lieutenant of Greater London from 1978–85.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Obituary: Baroness Phillips". The Independent. Retrieved 2015-12-11. 
  2. ^ a b "The Morning Record - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2015-12-11. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 43522. p. 10933. 22 December 1964.
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Beswick
Succeeded by
New government
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Elworthy
Lord Lieutenant of Greater London
Succeeded by
Edwin Bramall