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Miss Margaret Betty Harvie Anderson, Baroness Skrimshire of Quarter, OBE, PC, TD, DL (12 August 1913 – 7 November 1979) was a British Conservative Party politician.

Miss Harvie Anderson was educated at St Leonards School, St Andrews and became a lieutenant-colonel in the ATS after enlisting in 1939. In 1945 she was elected a councillor on Stirling County Council, serving until 1959 and chairing the Moderate Group from 1953. She was active in public life in Scotland.

Miss Harvie Anderson stood for parliament for West Stirlingshire in 1950 and 1951 and in Sowerby in 1955. She was Member of Parliament (MP) for Renfrewshire East from 1959 to 1979. Although Betty Boothroyd was the first woman Speaker of the House of Commons, Miss Harvie Anderson was the first woman to sit in the Speaker's Chair as a Deputy Speaker (Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means) from 1970 to 1973.

After her retirement as an MP in 1979, Miss Harvie Anderson was given a life peerage. She took an unusual title as Baroness Skrimshire of Quarter, of Dunipace in the District of Falkirk, made up of her husband's name (Dr J F P Skrimshire) and the estate she owned in Scotland. However, she died suddenly only a month later.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Guy Lloyd
Member of Parliament for East Renfrewshire
Succeeded by
Allan Stewart


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