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Monday, 21 October, 2002, 17:46 GMT 18:46 UK
Jean Corston

Date of birth

5 May 1942

Political profile

In July 2001, Jean Corston became the first woman ever to be elected chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party - the "shop steward" of the backbenches.

She has a very strong background in the Labour Party, having been one of its full time workers for more than 10 years from the mid-1970s.

She retired to study and qualified as a barrister, specialising in family law, shortly before entering Parliament in 1992.

Although loyal to the government, she is on the left of the party's mainstream.

She has called for a fully-elected second chamber and for greater union and membership participation in Labour affairs.

She has strong links with feminist and civil liberties organisations and is chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Contact

corstonj@parliament.uk

Constituency office 0117 939 9901

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