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Candidate

  Margaret Beckett
Derby South
Leader of the House of Commons

Elected in 2001? Yes
Personal details
Married 1979, Lionel
2 stepsons.

Education
Education: Notre Dame High School, Manchester and Norwich
Manchester College of Science and TechnologyJohn Dalton Polytechnic.

Non-political career
Student apprentice in metallurgy, AEI Manchester 1961-66
Experimental officer, Department of Metallurgy, Manchester University 1966-70
Industrial policy researcher, Labour Party 1970-74
Principal researcher, Granada Television 1979-83
Political adviser, Ministry of Overseas Development 1974.

Electoral history
Contested Lincoln February 1974 general election. Member for Lincoln October 1974-79, and for Derby South since June 1983.

Political career
PPS to Judith Hart as Minister of Overseas Development 1974-75
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Education and Science 1976-79
Shadow Minister, Social Security 1984-89
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury 1989-92
Shadow Leader, House of Commons and Campaign Co-ordinator 1992-94
Deputy Leader, Labour Party and Opposition 1992-94
Leader of Opposition May-July 1994
Shadow Secretary of State for Health 1994-95
Shadow President of the Board of Trade 1995-97
President of the Board of Trade and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 1997-98
President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons 1998-.

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