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Florence Horsbrugh

Politician

Florence Gertrude Horsbrugh, Baroness Horsbrugh (13 October 1889 - 6 December 1969) was a Scottish Tory politician. She was educated at Lansdowne House, Edinburgh, St Hilda¬タルs, Folkestone, and Mills College, California. Horsbrugh was a Member of Parliament for Dundee from 1931 until her defeat in 1945. She was the first woman to move the Address in reply to the King's Speech. She unsuccessfully contested Midlothian and Peebles in 1950 and sat for Manchester Moss-side from 1950 until her retirement in 1959. On retirement she was elevated to the House of Lords, as Baroness Horsbrugh, where she sat until her death. She held ministerial office in the wartime coalition governments as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (1939-45), Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (1945). Following her return to the House of Commons she was the first woman to hold a Cabinet post in a Tory government when appointed Minister of Education from 1951 to 1954. She also served as a delegate to the Council of Europe and Western European Union from 1955 until 1960. Horsbrugh was always interested in child welfare and as a private member introduced the bill which became the  ( Wikipedia article )

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Date of birth
1889

Death

Date of death
1969

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