Betty Boothroyd

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Birthday
8, 1929
Birthplace
England
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
8, 1929 (age 89)
Birthplace
England

About

Notable as the first female Speaker of the United Kingdom's House of Commons, Boothroyd served the West Bromwich West constituency as a Member of Parliament from 1974 until 2000 and was also appointed Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means.

Before Fame

In her late teens and early twenties, she was a traveling dancer with a popular troupe called the Tiller Girls. She began her political career by assisting several British and American parliamentary (or congressional) representatives.

Trivia

For the first twenty years of her political career, she was affiliated with the Labour Party. In 1992, however, she became a political independent.

Family Life

She grew up in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, as the daughter of textile factory employees Mary and Archibald Boothroyd.

Associated With

She was a Member of Parliament under the prime ministerial administrations of John Major and Tony Blair.