Patricia McLaughlin

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Patricia McLaughlin
Member of Parliament
for Belfast West
In office
26 May 1955 – 14 October 1964
Prime Minister Anthony Eden
Preceded by Jack Beattie
Succeeded by James Kilfedder
Personal details
Born Florence Patricia Alice Aldwell
(1916-06-23)23 June 1916
Died 7 February 1997(1997-02-07) (aged 80)
Political party Ulster Unionist

Florence Patricia Alice McLaughlin OBE (née Aldwell; 23 June 1916 – 7 January 1997) was a unionist politician in Northern Ireland and one of the earliest female Members of Parliament from the region.[1]

Early life[edit]

McLaughlin was educated at Trinity College, Dublin before going on to join the Ulster Unionist Party.[1]


Chosen to represent the party in the West Belfast constituency for the 1955 general election, she captured the seat from incumbent Jack Beattie and went on to successfully defend it at the 1959 election before retiring from politics.[1] She made a surprise comeback in the 1970 general election as the Conservative Party candidate in Wandsworth Central, although she failed to win the seat.[1]


She was awarded the OBE in 1965.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Obituary

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jack Beattie
Member of Parliament for Belfast West
Succeeded by
James Kilfedder