Shirley Williams

Mrs Shirley Vivien Teresa Brittain Williams

Rush ID: 3019

Details

Born:
27 July 1930
Died:
11 April 2021
Birth place:
London, UK
Gender:
Female
Ethnicity:
White
Religion:
Unknown
Aristocratic connections:
false
Formative occupation:
Writer / Journalist
Election occupation:
Political society administrator
Parentage:
Sir George Catlin and Vera Brittain
Notes:
None
Knighthood/Dame:
False
Highest Office:
Backbencher
Who's Who volume:
4
Education level:
Graduate

References

Rush ID:
3019
MNIS ID:
740
Wikidata Entity ID:
Q333250
Parliament ID:
Not set
Beamish Person ID:
Not set

Name changes

  1. CATLIN, Shirley (1930- ) **
  2. WILLIAMS, Shirley (1930- )

Alternative names

  1. Shirley (Shirley Vivien Teresa Brittain) Catlin (née)

    1930 - 1955

    unmarried surname

Peerages

  1. Baroness Williams of Crosby

    Life

    1993

Constituencies

  1. Crosby

    Party: SDP
    Year of election: 1981*
    Date of election: 26 November 1981
    Nature of election: By-election
    Nature of service: Re-entry
    Year of exit: 1983
    Date of exit: 9 June 1983
    Party: SDP
    Nature of exit: Electoral defeat
    Sponsorship: None known
    Constituency connections: None known
    Notes: None
  2. Hertford and Stevenage

    Party: Labour
    Year of election: 1974¹
    Date of election: 28 February 1974
    Nature of election: General election
    Nature of service: Continuation
    Year of exit: 1979
    Date of exit: 3 May 1979
    Party: Labour
    Nature of exit: Electoral defeat
    Sponsorship: APEX
    Constituency connections: None known
    Notes: None
  3. Hitchin

    Party: Labour
    Year of election: 1964
    Date of election: 15 October 1964
    Nature of election: General election
    Nature of service: First entry
    Year of exit: 1974¹
    Date of exit: 28 February 1974
    Party: Labour
    Nature of exit: Relocation
    Sponsorship: None known
    Constituency connections: None known
    Notes: None

Unsuccessful candidate in

  1. Cambridge

    Connection with constituency: None known
    Year of election: 1987
    Date of election: Thu 11th Jun 1987
    Nature of election: General election
    Party: SDP
    Notes:
  2. Southampton Test

    Connection with constituency: None known
    Year of election: 1959
    Date of election: Thu 8th Oct 1959
    Nature of election: General election
    Party: Labour
    Notes:
  3. Harwich

    Connection with constituency: None known
    Year of election: 1955
    Date of election: Thu 26th May 1955
    Nature of election: General election
    Party: Labour
    Notes:
  4. Harwich

    Connection with constituency: None known
    Year of election: 1954*
    Date of election:
    Nature of election: By-election
    Party: Labour
    Notes:

Ministerial offices

  1. PPS 1964-1966

    to Kenneth Robinson, as Minister of Health

  2. Parliamentary Secretary 1966-1967

    Ministry of Labour

  3. Minister of State 1967-1969

    Department of Education and Science

  4. Minister of State 1969-1970

    Home Office

  5. Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection 1974-1976

  6. Paymaster-General 1976-1979

  7. Secretary of State for Education and Science 1976-1979

Higher education

  1. Somerville College

    Graduated

  2. Columbia University, New York

    Graduated

Schools

  1. St Paul's Girls' School

  2. Summit School, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Marriages

  1. Williams, Bernard Arthur Owen

    Year: 1955

    Notes: 1 daughter; divorced 1974.

  2. Neustadt, Richard

    Year: 2

Parties

  1. Labour Party member

    1946-1981

    NEC member 1970-

  2. Social Democratic Party member

    1981-1988

  3. Liberal Democrat Party member

    1988-

Political organisations

  1. Fabian Society officer

    General Secretary 1960-1964

Trade unions

  1. Assocation of Professional, Executive & Clerical Staff member

  2. Clerical and Administrative Workers' Union member