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Teresa Jane Kingham[1] (born 4 May 1963) is a British Labour Party politician. She was Member of Parliament (MP) for Gloucester from 1997-2001.

Tess Kingham
Member of Parliament
for Gloucester
In office
1 May 1997 – 7 June 2001
Preceded byDouglas French
Succeeded byParmjit Dhanda
Personal details
Born (1963-05-04) 4 May 1963 (age 56)
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Mark Luetchford
Alma materRoyal Holloway, University of London
University of East Anglia
University College London

Kingham was educated at Dartford Grammar School for Girls, and gained a BA from Royal Holloway, University of London, a PGCE from the University of East Anglia and a Master's degree in Egyptian Archaeology from University College London. She is currently studying for a PhD in Biological Anthropology at the University of Kent.[citation needed]

She ran as the Labour candidate for the European Parliament seat of the Cotswolds in 1994, but lost to the long-serving Conservative incumbent MEP, Lord Henry Plumb, however she succeeded in cutting Plumb's majority from 45,678 in 1989 to just 4,268 at that election.

Kingham was elected as MP for Gloucester in 1997, but retired from Parliament in disillusionment after just one term, having complained publicly about the antiquated ways of working in the Palace of Westminster.[2][3] She later expressed dissatisfaction with the old boys network in the House of Commons, accusing various members of "endlessly thrusting their groins around the Chamber in mock combat" and "indulging in yah-boo nonsense, point-scoring and silly games".[4] Whilst in Parliament, Kingham successfully campaigned to change laws to protect firefighters and to get a nationwide cystic fibrosis screening programme for newborn babies. She was a Member of the International Development Select Committee.

Kingham is married to Mark Luetchford, a civil servant, trustee of War on Want and author of "Waging the War on Want", the official history of the organisation. They have three children.


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  2. ^ Ward, Lucy (20 May 2000). "It's just a boys club, says quitting Labour MP". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2006.
  3. ^ Debens, James (18 February 2000). "Creche plea by mother of the House". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 August 2006.
  4. ^ Kingham, Tess (20 June 2001). "Cheesed off by willy-jousters in a pointless parliament". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2006.

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