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Betty Boothroyd

b 8 October 1929

British Labour politician, first woman Speaker of the House of Commons


My desire to get here (parliament) was like miners' coal dust; it was under my fingers and I couldn't scrub it out.


You've got to ensure that the holders of an opinion, however unpopular, are allowed to put across their points of view.


I can't think of many toadies that have prospered, or many toadies that have become household names.


The old party systems are breaking down, we've got to instil in people there's another system which is much fairer where their vote does count.

On electoral reform


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