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Janet Fookes

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Janet Evelyn Fookes, Baroness Fookes DBE DL (born 21 February 1936) is a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, she is a Life Peer in the House of Lords. She was previously a member of the House of Commons from 1970–97, representing the constituencies of Merton and Morden (1970–74) and Plymouth Drake (1974–97). She was a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons from 1992-97.

The Baroness Fookes

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Baroness Fookes in 2018
Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means
In office
27 April 1992 – 14 May 1997
SpeakerBetty Boothroyd
Preceded byBetty Boothroyd
Succeeded byMichael Lord
Member of Parliament
for Plymouth Drake
Merton and Morden (1970-1974)
In office
18 June 1970 – 1 May 1997
Preceded byHumphrey Atkins
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1936-02-21) 21 February 1936 (age 82)
Political partyConservative



Fookes was educated at Royal Holloway College, University of London.[1] She worked as a teacher from 1958-70. She served as a Councillor on Hastings Borough Council from 1960–61, and 1963-70.[1]

Fookes was elected a Member of Parliament (MP) representing Merton and Morden in 1970. When this constituency was abolished, she was elected MP for Plymouth Drake in 1974.[1] Drake was never a safe seat, but Fookes managed to survive many strong challenges in each general election she fought, including winning by a majority of just 34 at the October 1974 general election. She served as one of three Deputy Speakers of the House of Commons from 1992-97. She retired from the House of Commons in 1997.

Fookes served on the Council of the RSPCA 1975-92, and was its chair from 1979-81. She was also a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (1987–97).[1] She is an Ambassador for unemployment charity, Tomorrow's People Trust.[2]


On 30 September 1997, she was made a Life Peer as Baroness Fookes, of Plymouth in the County of Devon.[3]

She had previously been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 1989 New Year's Honours,[4] and became Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex in 2001.



  1. ^ a b c d Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics
  2. ^ "Tomorrow's People honours Baroness Fookes". 30 November 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  3. ^ "No. 54913". The London Gazette. 7 October 1997. p. 11279.
  4. ^ "No. 51578". The London Gazette. 31 December 1988. p. 7.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Humphrey Atkins
Member of Parliament for Merton and Morden
1970–Feb 1974
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Plymouth Drake
Feb 1974–1997