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Tuesday, 22 October, 2002, 16:47 GMT 17:47 UK
Joan Ruddock

Date of birth

28 December 1943

Political profile

When Joan Ruddock was first elected to the Commons in 1987, she was already a well known political campaigner.

She chaired CND for four years from 1981 and was one of the most high profile of the Greenham Common protesters.

She became a spokeswoman on transport in 1989 and remained on the front bench until Labour came to power in 1997.

After Labour's election victory, she was made a parliamentary under-secretary with the role of minister for women.

This was an unpaid position, an irony not lost on commentators at the time, and she was dropped in Tony Blair's first reshuffle.

Since then, she has concentrated on a few key campaigns from the backbenches; she is a strong opponent of GM foods, and was a supporter of changing the law to allow positive action to get more women into Parliament.

She is the partner of Frank Doran MP.

Contact

Commons office: 020 7219 4513
Email: ruddockj@parliament.uk

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