Gender and the Labour Party in Historical Perspective: Review of Alice in Westminster by Rachel Reeves

Renewal - ISSN 0968-5211
Volume 24 Number 4 (2016)

Gender and the Labour Party in Historical Perspective: Review of Alice in Westminster by Rachel Reeves
Charlotte Lydia Riley, pages -

Abstract

In Attlee’s landslide victory of 1945, 24 women were elected as MPs. Of these, 21 were Labour Party MPs; fifteen of the women were new to the House of Commons. One of these newcomers was Alice Bacon, elected to Leeds North East with a swing of 22 percent from the incumbent Conservative. Leeds underwent various boundary changes after 1945, but until 2010, when Rachel Reeves was elected to Leeds West, Alice Bacon was the only woman ever to represent a Leeds constituency. In introducing this biography, Reeves describes her interest in her predecessor, and poses some questions about Alice’s political and personal life: what did her family, her constituents, and the Labour Party think about Alice’s political aspirations and her long and successful career? How did she juggle political life with her personal life, and how did her gender affect her political approach and experience? 

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Charlotte Lydia Riley (2016) Gender and the Labour Party in Historical Perspective: Review of Alice in Westminster by Rachel Reeves, Renewal, 24(4), -

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