b. 27 September 1953
Member of the UK Parliament 1987 - present. First black woman MP, candidate for the leadership of the Labour Party 2010
The honest truth is that if this government were to propose a massacre of the first-born, it would still have no difficulty in getting it through the Commons.
(Independent on Sunday, 12 July 1998)
Being an MP is a good job, the sort of job all working-class parents want for their children - clean, indoors, and no heavy lifting.