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Jennie Lee

Labour List are currently running a series of columns on the history of Labour women.  This week’s is on Jennie Lee and gives a fair and brisk run down of her life and politics. 

She has hero status in my own family as the founder of the Open University which I personally believe to be one of our greatest institutions and something that has opened doors for so many people to better themselves. 

As one of the first women Labour MPs who was elected at 24 she also helped to blaze a trial that showed that young working women’s place is in the House (of Commons!), something that we should be grateful for.

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