Patricia Hollis, Baroness Hollis of Heigham
The Baroness Hollis of Heigham
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions|
11 June 2001 – 10 May 2005
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Her self|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Security|
6 May 1997 – 11 June 2001
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Oliver Heald|
|Succeeded by||Her self|
|Member of the House of Lords |
1 June 1990 – 13 October 2018
|Born||24 May 1941|
|Died||13 October 2018 77)(aged|
|Alma mater||Girton College, Cambridge |
University of California
Early life and education
Hollis was educated at Plympton Grammar School, at Girton College, Cambridge (BA), the University of California and Columbia University, New York (both where she was Harkness Fellow from 1962 to 1964), and at Nuffield College, Oxford (MA, DPhil). While in the United States, Hollis was active in the civil rights movement, picketing segregated restaurants and helping hold voter registration drives in Mississippi.
She was a lecturer in modern history, reader and Dean at the University of East Anglia in Norwich from 1967 until 1990. She served as a National Commissioner for English Heritage from 1988 until 1991. She was married to Martin Hollis, Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, from 1965 until his death in 1998: they had two sons.
Patricia Hollis contested the Great Yarmouth constituency for Labour at the February 1974 general election, the October 1974 election and at the 1979 general election. She became involved in local politics early in her career, serving on Norwich City Council from 1968 to 1991, and as Leader of the Council from 1983 to 1988. Hollis served on the Press Council from 1988 to 1990. and was a director of Radio Broadland from 1983 until 1997.
She was created a life peer as Baroness Hollis of Heigham, of Heigham in the City of Norwich on 1 June 1990 and was an Opposition Whip in the House of Lords between 1990 and 1995, and Opposition Spokeswoman on Housing, Local Government, the Environment, Disability and Social Security from 1990. While in opposition she carried through the Lords the proposals for pension sharing on divorce which have now become law.
She was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, an honorary fellow of Girton College, Cambridge and the author of several books on women's history and on labour history. Her book Jennie Lee - a life (1997), won the Orwell Prize for political biography and the Wolfson History Prize for the history book of the year.
Hollis was criticised in 2009 when it was claimed that she and her partner, Lord Howarth of Newport, lived next door to each other but both continued to claim expenses from the House of Lords.
- She was given a Life Peerage on 1 June 1990, allowing her to sit in the House of Lords. She sat with the Labour Party benches. She took the title Baroness Hollis of Heigham.
- She was sworn in as a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom in 1999, which allowed her to use the Post Nominal Letters "PC" for Life.
- In 1994 she was awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Anglia Ruskin University.
- On 2 June 2001 she was awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of the University by the Open University.
- She was appointed as a Deputy lieutenant for the County of Norfolk, allowing her the Post Nominal Letters "DL" for Life.
- She was awarded the Freedom of the City of Norwich by the Norwich City Council.
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- Who's Who 2008
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages