Betty Boothroyd Wiki – Bio
Betty Boothroyd Member of the House of Lords born on October 8, 1929, in Dewsbury, United Kingdom, and died on February 27, 2023, at the age of 93.
She was born on 8 October 1929 in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, the only daughter of mill workers. Growing up in a political environment – her father was a trade unionist – she described herself as “a labor movement out of the womb”.
However, she did not immediately go into politics, instead, she became a dancer with the Tiller Girl troupe. She then took various office jobs before becoming involved in politics, working for Labor MP Barbara Castle and on the campaign to elect John F. Kennedy for President of the United States.
Betty Boothroyd was 93 years old.
Betty Boothroyd Career – Dies at age 93 – Celebrity Death 2023
She served as an orator from 1992 to 2000, before becoming a Baroness in the House of Lords beginning in 2001. The current president, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, described her as “an inspiring woman” who was known for her “no-nonsense style” of hers. She was a Labor MP for West Bromwich West from 1973 to 2000.
“Being the first female speaker was truly groundbreaking and Betty certainly broke through that glass ceiling with panache,” said Sir Lindsay. “Betty was one of a kind. A sharp, witty, formidable woman and I will miss her.” Senior Labor MP Margaret Hodge described Baroness Boothroyd as “a trailblazer”.
Former Conservative minister David Davis said: “Although I had my differences with her, she was a formidable president and held a historic place as the first female Speaker of the House of Commons.” Former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson simply tweeted: “Betty Boothroyd was magnificent.”
In May 1973, after several attempts, she entered Parliament, securing the West Bromwich seat, later renamed West Bromwich West. After nearly two decades in Parliament, she was elected by her fellow MPs to the position of Speaker of the House of Commons, a job that involves presiding over proceedings in the chamber.
She left office in 2000 but remained active in politics, calling for a statue in central London to commemorate the role women played in World War II. She was also passionately involved in the campaign to keep the UK in the EU. Alastair Campbell, who was also involved in the campaign, said that she was “totally unique”. She is one of the kindest, wisest, loving, most lovable women you could ever wish to meet.