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Renée Short (26 April 1919 – 18 January 2003) was a British Labour Party politician.

Born Renée Gill in Leamington Spa, she was educated at Nottingham County Grammar School and Manchester University. She was a journalist. Active in the Labour and Co-operative Parties, she served as a councillor on Hertfordshire County Council 1952-67 and Watford Rural District Council 1952-56.

Short contested St. Albans at the 1955 general election and Watford in the 1959 election. At the 1964 general election, she was elected to succeed John Baird as Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton North East. She retained her seat at subsequent general elections until her retirement at the 1987 election. In the Conservative landslide at the 1983 general election, she had held on to her seat by just 214 votes, and after she stood down, her old seat was won by the Conservative candidate Maureen Hicks. She also served on the Labour National Executive Committee 1970-81 and 1983-88.

Short was on the left-wing of the Labour Party and often clashed with her constituency neighbour Enoch Powell. She had hopes of being appointed to the government in 1974 but believed she had suffered by openly stating her ambition on the BBC TV election results programme (she said "If Harold's any sense, he'll know what to do"). Later in her career she received a regular credit as 'Parliamentary Adviser' to the Yorkshire Television sitcom The New Statesman.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Baird
Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton North East
Succeeded by
Maureen Hicks


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