Muriel Turner, Baroness Turner of Camden

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Muriel Winifred Turner, Baroness Turner of Camden (née Price; 18 September 1927 – 26 February 2018) was a British Labour politician and trade union leader.

The Baroness Turner of Camden
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Member of the House of Lords
In office
29 May 1985 – 13 June 2017
Personal details
Muriel Winifred Price

(1927-09-18)18 September 1927
Died26 February 2018(2018-02-26) (aged 90)
Political partyLabour
Reginald Turner
(m. 1955; died 1995)


Between 1970 and 1987 Turner was Assistant General Secretary of ASTMS (later Manufacturing, Science and Finance, Amicus and now Unite the Union).[1][2] From 1981 to 1987 she was a member of the TUC General Council.[1]

She was created a Life Peer on 29 May 1985 taking the title Baroness Turner of Camden, of Camden in Greater London.[3] She had a particular interest in social welfare and pensions issues,[1] and from 1987 until October 1996 was Front Bench Spokesperson on Employment for the Labour Opposition.[2] She was Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords between 2002 and 2008.[1][4]

She was a member of the Equal Opportunities Commission 1982–88; the Occupational Pensions Board 1977–93; Council Member, Occupational Pensions Advisory Service, 1989–2007; and chair, Personal Investment Authority Ombudsman Council 1994–97. She was a ranking member of British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom.[4]

Her membership in the House ended on 13 June 2017.[5] She died eight months later, aged 90.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1955, Muriel Price married Reginald Thomas Frederick Turner, MC, DFC.[7] They did not have any children together but the marriage brought two step children.[8] He predeceased her, dying in 1995.[7]

She was also vice-president of Humanists UK[9] and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society.[10] On 15 September 2010, Turner, along with 54 other public figures, signed an open letter published in The Guardian, stating their opposition to Pope Benedict XVI's state visit to the UK.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d Women in Power: A-Z of Female Members of The House of Lords. Retrieved 1 March 2018
  2. ^ a b The Committee Office, House of Commons. "House of Commons - Standards and Privileges - First Report". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  3. ^ "No. 50143". The London Gazette. 4 June 1985. p. 7725.
  4. ^ a b "Baroness Muriel Turner". The Independent. Archived from the original on 22 June 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  5. ^ Non-attending Lords,, accessed 19 June 2017
  6. ^ "Humanists UK mourns Baroness Turner". Humanists UK. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Turner of Camden". Who's Who 2018. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2017. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.38197. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  8. ^ Langdon, Julia (21 March 2018). "Lady Turner of Camden obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Distinguished supporters of Humanism Richard Norman and Colin Blakemore support H4BW » British Humanist Association". 26 April 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  10. ^ "National Secular Society - Baroness Turner of Camden". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Letters: Harsh judgments on the pope and religion". The Guardian. London. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010.

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