Open main menu

Rachel Anne Squire (13 July 1954 – 5 January 2006) was a British Labour Party politician in Scotland. She was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dunfermline West from 1992 general election to 2005, and then for Dunfermline and West Fife from 2005 until her death after a long series of illnesses.

Rachel Squire

Member of Parliament
for Dunfermline and West Fife
Dunfermline West (1992–2005)
In office
9 April 1992 – 5 January 2006
Preceded byDick Douglas
Succeeded byWillie Rennie
Personal details
Born(1954-07-13)13 July 1954
Carshalton, Surrey[1]
Died5 January 2006(2006-01-05) (aged 51)
Saline, Fife[2]
Political partyLabour
Alma materDurham University, Trevelyan College, Durham, University of Birmingham



Squire was born in Carshalton, Surrey, England. She attended the all-female Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith and then proceeded to a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University, and a social work qualification at Birmingham University.[1][2] After university, Squire became a social worker, also working in factories and other manual jobs. She became a full-time official with National Union of Public Employees, the public sector union, later part of UNISON. Working for the union took her to Merseyside and then to Scotland, where she became the union's education officer. She served on the Labour Scottish Executive.

Member of ParliamentEdit

According to a profile on the BBC website, Rachel Squire was "one of the most committed and successful constituency advocates in Parliament".[3] She worked to get regeneration funds for her constituency, campaigned for the Rosyth Dockyard and secured funds to put off the closure of the Longannet coal mine.

In Parliament, Squire was a member of the Defence Select Committee and served as PPS to Education ministers Stephen Byers and Estelle Morris from 1997 to 2001.

Squire was a patron for Brain Tumour Action, a cancer charity. She was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1993, and a second one in 2003. On 2 June 2005, she was admitted to hospital after suffering a stroke, thought to have been caused by bleeding stemming from the second brain tumor. She did not recover, and died on 5 January 2006.[4]

Her death prompted the Dunfermline and West Fife by-election, held on 9 February 2006, in which her former seat was won by Willie Rennie for the Liberal Democrats.


  1. ^ a b "Rachel Squire", Obituaries, The Telegraph, 7 January 2006, retrieved 8 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Rachel Squire: Social worker who became the fair-minded and popular MP for Dunfermline West", Obituaries, The Independent, 7 January 2006, retrieved 8 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Rachel Squire", Political Profile, BBC News, 17 October 2002, retrieved 8 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Labour MP dies after long illness", BBC News, 6 January 2006, retrieved 8 August 2011.

External linksEdit