Masters of the Bench
The Rt Hon Baroness Boothroyd OM
Full Title: The Rt Hon Baroness Boothroyd OMCategory: Honorary Benchers
Bench Call Date: 20.10.2011
Former Speaker of the House of Commons (1992-2000), Baroness Boothroyd was elected to a seat on Hammersmith Borough Council in 1965, in Gibbs Green ward, where she remained until 1968. As an MP for the Labour Party, she contested several seats before being elected MP for West Bromwich in a by-election in 1973. In 1974 she was appointed an assistant Government Whip and was a MEP from 1975-1977. In 1979 she became a member of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, until 1981, and of the Speaker's Panel of Chairmen, until 1987. She was also a member of the Labour Party National Executive Committee (NEC) from 1981-1987 and the House of Commons Commission from 1983-1987. In April 2005 she was appointed the Order of Merit, an honour in the personal gift of the Queen.