British politician and a member of the Labour Party who was a Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood from 1983 to 2010
She graduated from the University of Leeds with a political science degree.
She resigned from the Cabinet after Britain decided to enter the war with Iraq in 2003.
She was briefly married at age eighteen after giving birth to a child at age seventeen; she gave the son up for adoption.
She served in the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair as Secretary of State for International Development.
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