The Birthplace of the First Woman Cabinet Minister
Her trades union activities grew and in 1923 Margaret Bondfield was elected first woman Chairman of the Trades Union Congress. In the same year she became one of the first women to enter the House of Commons when she was elected Labour MP for Northampton.
When Ramsay McDonald became Prime Minister for a second time in 1929 he appointed Margaret as his new Minister of Labour. She thus became the first woman to gain a place in the British Cabinet.
In the general election following the financial crisis of 1931, Margaret lost her Wallsend seat and never again sat in Parliament. Between 1939 and 1945 she was chairperson of the Women’s Group on Public Welfare and spent much of the war years lecturing in the United States and Canada on behalf of the British government.
After the war she retired to Tunbridge Wells and later lived in a small house in Sanderstead, Surrey, where she died in 1953.