Renee Soskin

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Renee Soskin

Renee Rachel Soskin JP (December 1916 – 1998), was a British teacher, company director and Liberal Party politician.

Background[edit]

She was born Renee Rachel Beloff, daughter of merchant Semion Beloff and his wife Maria, who were Russian Jews who had moved to England in 1903.[1] She was one of five children. She was a younger sister to Max Beloff the historian and member of the House of Lords. She was older sister to John Beloff the psychologist. Her sister Anne later married German-born Nobel Prize–winning biochemist Ernst Boris Chain in 1948. She was educated at King Alfred School, London, and the Royal Academy of Music[2] and trained for the stage.[3] She married Moses G. Soskin.

Professional career[edit]

Webber School

She was a speech and drama teacher. She was a teacher of drama at the Royal Academy of Music.[4] She was Managing Director of a City of London finance house.[5] She became a Company Director of two companies.[6] In 1970 she became the new proprietor of Bury Lawn Independent Day School a coeducational independent school in Milton Keynes. The school, now called the Webber Independent School, is located in Soskin Drive, which was named after her.

Political career[edit]

She was a County of London Magistrate.[7] She was Chairman of the Hampstead Liberal Association for four years.[8] In 1958 she was first elected a Member of the Liberal Party Council.[9] She was Liberal candidate for the Bedfordshire South division at the 1959 General Election. During the 1959 General election campaign she featured in a televised Liberal Party Election Broadcast.[10] This additional exposure was not enough to help her win and she finished third.[11] In 1961 she was elected Vice-President of the Women's Liberal Federation, serving until 1963.[12] In 1964 she was Vice-Chairman of the Women's Liberal Federation.[13] She was Liberal candidate for the Hampstead division at the 1964 General Election. She was Liberal candidate again for Hampstead at the 1966 General Election. On both occasions she finished third.[14]

Election results[edit]

General Election 1959: South Bedfordshire[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Norman John Cole 25,861 47.1
Labour Walter Hamlet Johnson 21,102 38.5
Liberal Renee Rachel Soskin 7,912 14.4
Majority 4,759 8.6
Turnout 54,875 83.9
Conservative hold Swing
Hampstead
General Election 1964: Hampstead[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rt Hon. Henry Brooke 19,888 43.3
Labour John W T Cooper 18,053 39.3
Liberal Renee Rachel Soskin 8,019 17.4
Majority 1,835 4.0
Turnout 45,960 67.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1966: Hampstead[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Benjamin Charles George Whitaker 22,963 46.8
Conservative Rt Hon. Henry Brooke 20,710 42.2
Liberal Renee Rachel Soskin 5,182 10.7
Socialist (GB) Harry Baldwin 211 0.4
Majority 2,253 4.6
Turnout 49,066 72.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Times, 24 March 1999, p23
  2. ^ The Times House of Commons, 1964
  3. ^ The Times House of Commons, 1959
  4. ^ The Times House of Commons, 1959
  5. ^ The Times House of Commons, 1964
  6. ^ The Times House of Commons, 1966
  7. ^ The Illustrated London News 3 Oct 1959
  8. ^ The Times House of Commons, 1959
  9. ^ The Times House of Commons, 1966
  10. ^ The Illustrated London News 3 Oct 1959
  11. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  12. ^ The Times House of Commons, 1966
  13. ^ The Times House of Commons, 1964
  14. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  15. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  16. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  17. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973