Margaret Bondfield was a trailblazer, and we need to recognise this!

Margaret Bondfield was a trailblazer. A working class socialist and trade unionist who against the odds became the first woman to chair the TUC, the first woman Cabinet Minister and the first woman Privy Counsellor.

Margaret Bondfield was a trailblazer, and we need to recognise this!

Introduction to Margaret Bondfield

Despite her significant contribution, there is minimal public recognition of Bondfield's place in history, with a single statue in Northampton, and no portrait of her in Westminster among the thousands of visual tributes to other notable parliamentarians. Working with Alison McGovern MP, LWN is calling on the House of Commons Art Committee to put this right and commission a fitting work to ensure Margaret begins to receive the recognition she deserves in the parliament she helped to transform.

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Who was Margaret Bondfield?

Margaret Bondfield was elected to Parliament for Northampton in the December 1923 General Election, one of the first three Labour women MPs ever, alongside Susan Lawrence (East Ham) and Dorothy Jewson (Norwich).

This year marks the 100th year anniversary of their election, and offers an opportunity to recognise Margaret Bondfield's life and legacy. This remarkable woman rose to the most senior levels of government, broke glass ceilings wherever she went, knew all the key political players of the age, and remained true both to her deep religious faith and her profound belief in her politics and in parliamentary democracy