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Maureen Morfydd Colquhoun (pronounced 'Col-hoon', born 12 August 1928[1]) is a British economist and Labour Party politician.



She attended the London School of Economics and later worked as a literary research assistant[1].

Political career

She served as a councillor in West Sussex from 1971-74[1] until she was elected Member of Parliament for Northampton North in 1974. She had previously contested Tonbridge in the 1970 General Election[1].

At the 1979 general election, she lost her seat to the Conservative Antony Marlow on an 8% swing.

Following her defeat she returned to the House of Commons where she worked as an assistant to Labour MPs. She was elected to Hackney London Borough Council in 1982-1990[1].

Personal life

She was married with three children and later divorced[1].

Colquhoun has since moved to the Lake District where she is a member of the Lake District National Park Authority.

She was Britain's first openly lesbian MP[2]. She also punched a car park attendant in a row about a parking ticket in December 1974[3]. After years of notoriety in the house, she was deselected as a parliamentary candidate by her party.

She published an autobiography in 1980[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics
  2. ^ Jeffery-Poulter, Stephen (1991), Peers, Queers, and Commons: The Struggle for Gay Law Reform from 1950 to the Present, Routledge, p. 136–8, ISBN 0415057604  
  3. ^ BBC News - Scandals Past, 22 December 1998
  4. ^ Colquhoun, Maureen (10 November 1980). Woman in the House. Scan Publications. ISBN 0-90-636005-6.  
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
(new constituency)
Member of Parliament for Northampton North
February 19741979
Succeeded by
Antony Marlow


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