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Margaret Beckett

b 15 January 1943

British Labour politician. First woman Labour Leader (1994), first woman Foreign Secretary (2006-1007)

 

Being effective is more important to me than being recognized.

Independent on Sunday, 2 January 2000

 

If she can possibly stand it - she should tough it out.

Said about Tessa Jowell, then the centre of a media storm

 

One of the reasons I came into politics was because I thought I lacked the skills to be a social worker.

BBC Question Time, 13 November 2008

 

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