Patricia Hornsby-Smith, Baroness Hornsby-Smith
The Baroness Hornsby-Smith
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health|
3 November 1951 – 18 January 1957
|Prime Minister||Winston Churchill |
|Preceded by||Arthur Blenkinsop|
|Succeeded by||John Vaughan-Morgan|
|Member of the House of Lords |
13 May 1974 – 3 July 1985
|Member of Parliament |
18 June 1970 – 27 February 1974
|Preceded by||Alistair Macdonald|
|Succeeded by||Roger Sims|
23 February 1950 – 30 March 1966
|Preceded by||George Wallace|
|Succeeded by||Alistair Macdonald|
Margaret Patricia Hornsby-Smith
17 March 1914
East Sheen, Surrey, UK
|Died||3 July 1985 (aged 71)|
Westminster, London, UK
Early life and educationEdit
Margaret Patricia Hornsby-Smith was born 17 March 1914 in East Sheen, the second child and only daughter of shopkeeper Frederick Charles Hornsby-Smith, a saddle dealer and master umbrella maker, and his wife, Ellen (née Minter). She was educated at the local elementary school, and at Richmond County School for Girls. After leaving school she worked as a private secretary for several firms and for an employers' federation. Her interest in politics was established early and she joined the Junior Imperial League at the age of sixteen. The following year she was invited to join the Conservative Party's supporting team of speakers for the 1931 election campaign.
During the war she undertook voluntary work. In 1941 she took a job in the civil service as Principal Private Secretary to Lord Selborne, the minister of economic warfare, a post she held until the end of the war.
Her political career took off after the war. She was elected for a term on Barnes council where she served from 1945 – 1949. At the 1950 general election, she was elected as Member of Parliament for Chislehurst, winning a majority of only 167 votes over the sitting Labour MP, George Wallace.
Constituency boundary changes implemented in the February 1974 general election encouraged Hornsby-Smith to allow Roger Sims to stand for Chislehurst, and to compete instead for the new constituency of Sidcup. However, Edward Heath also selected to run for Sidcup so Hornsby-Smith stood in another new seat; Aldridge-Brownhills. She lost to the Labour candidate Geoff Edge by just 366 votes.
Death and memorialEdit
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