Betty Boothroyd Autobiography: The Autobiography

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Boothroyd was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, in 1929, the only child of Ben Archibald Boothroyd (1886–1948) and his second wife Mary ( née Butterfield, 1901–1982), both textile workers. She was educated at council schools and went on to study at Dewsbury College of Commerce and Art (now KirkleesCollege). From 1946 to 1952, she worked as a dancer, as a member of the TillerGirls dancing troupe, [5] briefly appearing at the LondonPalladium. A foot infection brought an end to her dancing career and she entered politics, something then unusual, as the political world was heavily male-dominated and mostly aristocratic. [6] a b "SunakandStarmerpaytributetoBettyBoothroydatfuneraloffirstwomanspeaker". The Independent. 29 March 2023 . Retrieved 29 March 2023.

House of Commons Speaker's Residence". C-SPAN. Archived from the original on 21 February 2019 . Retrieved 15 February 2019. Boothroyd was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, in 1929, the only child of Ben Archibald Boothroyd (1886–1948) and his second wife Mary ( née Butterfield, 1901–1982), both textile workers. She was educated at council schools and went on to study at Dewsbury College of Commerce and Art (now Kirklees College). From 1946 to 1952, she worked as a dancer, as a member of the Tiller Girls dancing troupe, [5] briefly appearing at the London Palladium. A foot infection brought an end to her dancing career and she entered politics, something then unusual, as the political world was heavily male-dominated and mostly aristocratic. [6] Honorary graduates chronological". City, University of London. Archived from the original on 14 September 2013 . Retrieved 29 July 2017. Betty: I refused three marriage proposals". Belfast Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235 . Retrieved 27 February 2023. Baroness Boothroyd's political influence continued to grow after she was appointed to both the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Speaker's Panel of Chairmen in 1979.Langdon, Julia (27 February 2023). "LadyBoothroydobituary". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077 . Retrieved 29 March 2023. Boothroyd was awarded an Honorary DoctorofCivilLaw (Hon DCL) by the CityUniversityLondon in 1993. She was chancellor of the OpenUniversity from 1994 until October 2006 and donated some of her personal papers to the University's archives. In March 1995, she was awarded an honorary degree from the Open University as DoctoroftheUniversity (DUniv). In 1999 she was made an Honorary Fellow of StHugh'sCollege,Oxford. [25] Two portraits of Boothroyd have been part of the parliamentary art collection since 1994 and 1999, respectively. [26] [27] Boothroyd died at a hospital in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire on 26 February 2023 at the age of 93. [2] Her death was announced the following day by Former Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd dies". BBC News. 27 February 2023 . Retrieved 27 February 2023. She believed that it was up to MPs to make changes in the way business was done, rather than the occupant of the chair, but she did complain vociferously in public and in private at the growing practice of ministers choosing to bypass the House of Commons and make important political pronouncements on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme instead. This became a particular issue after the election of Tony Blair in 1997.

Boothroyd was made an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Light and Lighting (Hon. FSLL) in 2009, [30] [31] and she was an Honorary Fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford, and of St Edmund's College, Cambridge. [32] She was Patron of the Jo Richardson Community School in Dagenham, East London, and President of NBFA Assisting the Elderly. She was, for a period, Vice President of the Industry and Parliament Trust. Honorarygraduateschronological". City, University of London. Archived from theoriginal on 14 September 2013 . Retrieved 29 July 2017.Betty Boothroyd to be awarded honorary degree – University of St Andrews". st-andrews.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 3 October 2015 . Retrieved 29 July 2017. TheRtHon.BaronessBoothroydOM". St Hugh's College, Oxford. Archived from the original on 25 March 2019 . Retrieved 25 March 2019. HouseofCommonsSpeaker'sResidence". C-SPAN. Archived from the original on 21 February 2019 . Retrieved 15 February 2019. It was a privilege to be in parliament during her tenure and to know her as the big-hearted and kind person she was. My thoughts are with her family and many friends.”

The only problem was that she also liked dancing and nearly broke her father’s heart by trying to turn professional when she was 17. Betty Boothroyd, Baroness Boothroyd OM PC (8 October 1929 – 26 February 2023) was a British politician. She served as a Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for West Bromwich and West Bromwich West from 1973 to 1992. BettyBoothroyd:FuneralheldforfirstwomanCommonsSpeaker". BBC News. 29 March 2023 . Retrieved 29 March 2023.

PrimeMinisterleadstributesto"remarkable"speakerBaronessBettyBoothroydatfuneral". ITVNews. 29 March 2023 . Retrieved 29 March 2023. Betty is a heart-warming celebration of the human spirit and the unexpected rewards that can come from thinking outside of the dispatch box. Boothroyd praised as 'national institution' ". BBC News. 12 July 2000. Archived from the original on 22 March 2014 . Retrieved 19 November 2013.



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