Betty Boothroyd

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‘We needed a massive amount of resilience’: the female Labour MPs from the class of ’87
At the general election that year, the number of women in the Commons jumped to (an albeit still tiny) 41. Some talk about the sexism – and the solidarity

Esther Addley

04, Mar, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Sunak sets out Northern Ireland trade deal to MPs as Labour vow to back agreement – as it happened
Rishi Sunak and Ursula von der Leyen say ‘Windsor framework’ has been reached after four months of negotiations

Nadeem Badshah (now) and Andrew Sparrow (earlier)

27, Feb, 2023 @9:25 PM

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In a tough era for women, Betty Boothroyd smashed parliament’s glass ceiling | Margaret Hodge, Rachel Reeves and Harriet Harman
A traditionalist and a fierce upholder of standards, the former speaker of the House of Commons changed the job for ever. Former colleagues pay tribute

Margaret Hodge, Rachel Reeves and Harriet Harman

27, Feb, 2023 @3:33 PM

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Lady Boothroyd obituary
First female speaker of the Commons known for her brisk, good-humoured style, and as a shrewd political tactician

Julia Langdon

27, Feb, 2023 @12:54 PM

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Betty! A Sort of Musical review – fitfully funny take on the life of Betty Boothroyd
Co-writer Maxine Peake stars as an am-dram actor playing the former Commons speaker in Sarah Frankcom’s end-of-the-pier-style production

Clare Brennan

18, Dec, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Betty! A Sort of Musical review – Maxine Peake brings Boothroyd’s story to the stage
A slightly wonky meta structure involving a team of amdram actors muddles this show about the former MP but it has abundant charm

Catherine Love

09, Dec, 2022 @11:48 AM

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Betty Boothroyd musical to chart rise from dancer to Commons Speaker
Betty! starring Maxine Peake views parliamentarian’s life through lens of drama group in Dewsbury village hall

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

02, Dec, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Rory Stewart outlines 'alternative parliament' to stop no-deal Brexit
Tory MP says Betty Boothroyd could be enlisted as Speaker if Johnson prorogues parliament

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor

07, Jul, 2019 @3:37 PM

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How Betty Boothroyd eased our 7/7 anxiety | Letters
Letters: Reader Graham Head shares a memory of the aftermath of the 7/7 attacks on London, and how Baroness Boothroyd helped calm tensions among one group of commuters with a simple act of humanity


28, May, 2017 @5:47 PM

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Labour heading for scrapheap if it elects Jeremy Corbyn, says Betty Boothroyd
Former Speaker of the Commons claims the leadership frontrunner’s hard-left supporters are peddling same ‘claptrap’ that gripped party in the 1980s

Rajeev Syal

23, Aug, 2015 @11:02 AM

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Votes or vetos? Betty Boothroyd joins experts to blast English laws proposal
Former Speaker and other parliamentary experts savage Tory plans that could ‘play into hands of nationalists’, as well as endangering union and both houses

Rowena Mason Political correspondent

16, Jul, 2015 @5:15 PM

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Baroness Betty Boothroyd remembers Gwyneth Dunwoody

Obituaries 2008: The longest-serving woman MP died on 17 April, aged 77, following emergency heart surgery.Baroness Betty Boothroyd, the former Commons speaker recalls her unique gifts

Baroness Betty Boothroyd

14, Dec, 2008 @12:01 AM

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