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Emily Blatch, Baroness Blatch

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Emily May Blatch, Baroness Blatch, CBE, PC, FRSA (née Triggs; 24 July 1937 – 31 May 2005) was a British Conservative politician.

Born in Birkenhead, the daughter of Stephen and Sarah Triggs, she was educated at Prenton High School for Girls and at Huntingdonshire Regional College. At the age of 18, she joined the Women's Royal Air Force and served as an air traffic control assistant between 1955 and 1959.

From 1977 to 1989 Blatch was a councillor on Cambridgeshire County Council and was council leader and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1983 Birthday Honours.[1] She was created a life peeress as Baroness Blatch, of Hinchingbrooke in the County of Cambridgeshire on 4 July 1987.[2] From 1991 to 1994, she was Minister of State for Education and Minister of State for the Home Office from 1994 to 1997. In 1997 she was given an honorary doctorate of Law from the University of Teesside. Blatch was Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords from 2001 until her death.


On 7 September 1963, she married John Richard Blatch AFC (a RAF test pilot) and they had four children: David (1965–1979), Hon. James Richard (b. 1967) and twins, Hon. Andrew Edward (b. 1968) and Hon. Elizabeth Anne (b. 1968).


Lady Blatch died of pancreatic cancer in 2005, aged 67.[3]


  1. ^ "No. 49375". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 1983. p. 7.
  2. ^ "No. 50887". The London Gazette. 10 April 1987. p. 4809.
  3. ^ Lady Blatch