Saturday, 16 April 2016

"We Want Mildred!"

Mildred Gordon has died, aged 92.

Deported from New York in the 1950s, for nine of her 10 years in Parliament, until his death, she was married to Trotsky's old bodyguard, Nils Kaare Dahl.

In 1993, she was nearly elected to the Shadow Cabinet.

John Smith had required every Labour MP to vote for at least four women, and the more traditional right-wingers gave her 81 votes in order to indicate their displeasure.

Smith did not offer her a junior position, but whenever one of the women whom he had appointed got up to speak, the Tories used to shout, "We want Mildred!"

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