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Castle, Barbara Anne

Born: 1910 AD
Died: 2002 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Politician

1910 – She was born on the 6th of October.

1937 – She was elected to St. Pancras Borough Council.

1943 – She spoke at the annual Labour Party Conference for the first time.

1944 -Barbara became a journalist on the Daily Mirror, which by this time had become strongly pro-Labour.

1945 – In general election, which Labour won in a landslide, she became MP for Blackburn, Lancashire.

1950 – She was a high-profile Bevanite and made a name for herself as a vocal advocate of decolonisation and the Anti-Apartheid Movement.

         – She entered the Cabinet as the first Minister for International Development.

1965-1968 –  As Minister of Transport, she introduced the breathalyser to combat drink-driving, and presided over the closure of approximately 2050 miles of railways as she enacted her part of the Beeching cuts.

1974 – Castle became Secretary of State for Social Services.

1979-1989 – She later became a Member of the European Parliament.

2002 – She died on the 3rd of May.