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Monday, 21 October, 2002, 17:43 GMT 18:43 UK
Ann Keen

Date of birth

26 November 1948

Political profile

Ann Keen was first elected in 1997, joining her husband Alan, MP for Feltham and Heston, in the Commons.

An party loyalist, she has made a significant impact in the Commons from the backbenches.

She became an informal backbench leader of the gay rights movement when she made the first attempt to equalise the age of consent, through the addition of a clause to the Crime and Disorder Bill.

She was inspired by being reunited with a gay son whom she had given up for adoption after a teenage pregnancy.

She was also heavily involved in two election campaigns, one successful and the other less so.

She had served as PPS to Frank Dobson and played a loyal role in his disastrous battle to become Mayor of London.

She met with greater success when she ran Michael Martin's campaign for the Speakership and was one of his proposers at his election in October 2000.

She is highly regarded by the Labour leadership and became PPS to Gordon Brown after the 2001 election.

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