Gwyneth Dunwoody (1930-2008)
Cranmer is profoundly saddened to learn of the death of one of the great characters of the House of Commons, Gwyneth Dunwoody MP.
There are some politicians who stand head and shoulders above the anonymous mass of mediocrity in Parliament, and she was one: a truly formidable politician, of impeccable integrity. Gwyneth Dunwoody was not only the longest-serving female Member of Parliament, but the very epitome of a conviction politician. She spoke as she saw it - often to the irritation of her Whips and to the delight of the Opposition - and she was greatly admired on both sides of the House where she spoke with an authority and aplomb which few politicians these days possess.
Cranmer's one regret is that she never became Speaker.
She will be greatly missed.
May she rest in peace.