|Member of Parliament
for Dunfermline and West Fife
Dunfermline West (1992–2005)
9 April 1992 – 5 January 2006
|Preceded by||Dick Douglas|
|Succeeded by||Willie Rennie|
13 July 1954|
|Died||5 January 2006
|Alma mater||Durham University, Trevelyan College, Durham, University of Birmingham|
Rachel Anne Squire (13 July 1954 – 5 January 2006) was a British Labour Party politician in Scotland. She was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dunfermline West from 1992 general election to 2005, and then for Dunfermline and West Fife from 2005 until her death after a long series of illnesses.
Squire was born in Carshalton, Surrey, England. She attended the all-female Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith and then proceeded to a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University, and a social work qualification at Birmingham University. After university, Squire became a social worker, also working in factories and other manual jobs. She became a full-time official with National Union of Public Employees, the public sector union, later part of UNISON. Working for the union took her to Merseyside and then to Scotland, where she became the union's education officer. She served on the Labour Scottish Executive.
Member of Parliament
According to a profile on the BBC website, Rachel Squire was "one of the most committed and successful constituency advocates in Parliament". She worked to get regeneration funds for her constituency, campaigned for the Rosyth Dockyard and secured funds to put off the closure of the Longannet coal mine.
Squire was a patron for Brain Tumour Action, a cancer charity. She was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1993, and a second one in 2003. On 2 June 2005, she was admitted to hospital after suffering a stroke, thought to have been caused by bleeding stemming from the second brain tumor. She did not recover, and died on 5 January 2006.
- "Rachel Squire", Obituaries, The Telegraph, 7 January 2006, retrieved 8 August 2011.
- "Rachel Squire: Social worker who became the fair-minded and popular MP for Dunfermline West", Obituaries, The Independent, 7 January 2006, retrieved 8 August 2011.
- "Rachel Squire", Political Profile, BBC News, 17 October 2002, retrieved 8 August 2011.
- "Labour MP dies after long illness", BBC News, 6 January 2006, retrieved 8 August 2011.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Rachel Squire
- BBC - Labour MP dies after cancer fight 6 January 2006.
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Rachel Squire MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Rachel Squire MP
- BBC News - Labour MP in hospital with stroke 3 June 2005
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|Member of Parliament for Dunfermline West
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Dunfermline and West Fife