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Janet Evelyn Fookes, Baroness Fookes DBE DL (born 21 February 1936) is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.



Fookes was educated at Royal Holloway College, University of London[1]).

Early career

She was a teacher[1] from 1958 to 1970.

Political career

She served as a councillor on Hastings Borough Council 1960-61 and 1963-70[1].

She was a Conservative Member of Parliament for Merton and Morden 1970-74 and Plymouth Drake 1974-97, when she retired[1]. Drake was never a safe seat, but Fookes managed to survive many strong challenges in each general election she fought, including with a majority of just 34 in the October 1974 general election.

She was Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons from 1992 to 1997.

Fookes served on the Council of the RSPCA 1975-92, and was chair 1979-81. She was also a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (1987-97)[1]

She was made a Life peer as Baroness Fookes, of Plymouth in the County of Devon in 1997. She had previously been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1989 and became Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex in 2001. Her red hair makes her very noticeable in the House of Lords, and she is a regular contributor to debates.

Personal life

She is unmarried[1].


Times Guide to the House of Commons editions 1970-1992

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Humphrey Atkins
Member for Merton and Morden
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member for Plymouth Drake
Constituency abolished


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