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Jackie Lawrence

Member of Parliament
for Preseli Pembrokeshire
In office
1 May 1997 – 5 May 2005
Preceded by Constituency Established
Succeeded by Stephen Crabb

Born 9 August 1948 (1948-08-09) (age 61)
Nationality Birtish
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) David Lawrence
Alma mater Open University

Jacqueline Rita "Jackie" Lawrence (born 9 August 1948, Birmingham) is a politician in the United Kingdom. She was Labour Member of Parliament for the Welsh seat of Preseli Pembrokeshire, from 1997 until 2005.


Early life

She went to Upperthorpe School in Darlington. She studied at Upperthorpe College and the Open University. She moved to Pembrokeshire in the 1970s and learnt Welsh in order to support her children through Welsh medium education.

Lawrence worked for TSB and became a member of Dyfed County Council Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Pembrokeshire Police authority. She then became election agent for neighbouring MP Nick Ainger in the 1992 General Election and leader of the Labour Group on Pembrokeshire County Council on its formation as a Unitary Authority before being adopted as Parliamentary candidate for the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency.

Parliamentary career

Lawrence was selected to stand for election for Labour through an all-women shortlist [1]. This method of selection was subsequently declared illegal in January 1996 as it breached sex discrimination laws,[2] Despite the ruling she remained in place as the candidate for the following year's election.

She became MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire in the 1997 election. She was a new Labour loyalist, working on environmental, rural and Welsh language issues. She was a member of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee from 1997 to 2001, and a member of the DTI Department of Trade and Industry Select Committee from 2001 until becoming a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the DTI to Jacqui Smith who was then Minister of State at the DTI. She was Chair of the Welsh Group of Labour MPs at Westminster from 2003 to 2004 and Chair of the Parliamentary All-Party Group for National Parks until leaving Westminster in 2005.

When supporting a government campaign aimed at reducing teenage pregnancy, she revealed that she had given birth to a daughter when she was 17, who was subsequently adopted.

She was strongly anti-hunting with dogs and supported legislation to outlaw the practice in the UK.

Lawrence stood down from Parliament at the 2005 general election, and the Preseli Pembrokeshire seat was then won for the Conservatives by Stephen Crabb.

Personal life

She married David Lawrence in 1968. They have two sons and one daughter.


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Offices Held

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Preseli Pembrokeshire
Succeeded by
Stephen Crabb


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