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Diana Maddock, Baroness Maddock

Diana Margaret Maddock, Baroness Maddock, Lady Beith (born 19 May 1945),[1] is a Liberal Democrat politician.

The Baroness Maddock
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Baroness Maddock's official parliamentary photo
President of the Liberal Democrats
In office
1 January 1999 – 31 December 2000
Preceded byRobert Maclennan
Succeeded byNavnit Dholakia
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
30 October 1997
Life peerage
Member of Parliament
for Christchurch
In office
29 July 1993 – 8 April 1997
Preceded byRobert Adley
Succeeded byChristopher Chope
Personal details
Born (1945-05-19) 19 May 1945 (age 74)
Political partyLiberal Democrat
Spouse(s)Lord Beith (2001-)

Education and early careerEdit

Diana Maddock was educated at Shenstone Training College[2] and Portsmouth Polytechnic[2] (now the University of Portsmouth) and was a teacher of English as a foreign language[3] until starting a family and becoming involved in politics in the mid-1970s.

Political careerEdit

Maddock joined the Liberal Party in 1976, and was elected to Southampton City Council in 1984. During this time, she was leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the council. She unsuccessfully contested Southampton Test at the 1992 general election, coming third. She was elected as Member of Parliament for Christchurch at a by-election in 1993 that was caused by the death of Robert Adley, but lost the seat at the 1997 election to the Conservative candidate Christopher Chope.

She was made a life peer as Baroness Maddock, of Christchurch in the County of Dorset, in 1997.[4] From 1998 to 2000, she was President of the Liberal Democrats.[5]

In 2005, she was elected a member of Northumberland County Council for Berwick North Division and in 2007 also to Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council for Edward Ward.[6][7]

Maddock did not re-stand for election to the County Council at the expiry of her term in 2008[8] and the Borough Council was abolished in 2009 and absorbed into Northumberland County Council.

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to Lord Beith, formerly MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed; the couple married in 2001.[9][10] She and her husband are one of the few couples who both hold titles in their own right.


  1. ^ "Biography for Baroness Maddock". MyParliament.
  2. ^ a b Who's Who (2016)
  3. ^ "Baroness Maddock". UK Parliament.
  4. ^ "No. 54938". The London Gazette. 4 November 1997. p. 12377.
  5. ^ "Party President". Official Liberal Democrat Website. Archived from the original on 25 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Chapter 23 Northumberland". Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Berwick-Upon-Tweed Borough Council Election Results 1973-2007" (PDF). The Elections Centre.
  8. ^ "Local Election Results 2008 - Northumberland". Local Elections Archive Project.
  9. ^ "Beith to marry Maddock". BBC News. 31 October 2000.
  10. ^ "About Alan Beith". Retrieved 19 March 2015.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Adley
Member of Parliament for Christchurch
Succeeded by
Christopher Chope
Party political offices
Preceded by
Robert Maclennan
President of the Liberal Democrats
Succeeded by
Navnit Dholakia