Alice Bacon MP

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Leeds Civic Trust and plaque sponsors, Rushbond and the University of Leeds, are delighted to invite you to the unveiling of Alice Bacon's commemorative blue plaque.

Alice Martha Bacon (1909 - 1993) was Leeds' first female MP. Elected Leeds North East MP in the 1945 General Election, before representing Leeds South East from 1955 until her retirement in 1970.

Holding her consituency surgeries at the Corn Exchange, Bacon became a Minister of State at the Home Office, remaining until 1967. From 1967 to 1970, she was Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science with responsibility for the introduction of comprehensive schools. In the Home Office in the 1960s she oversaw the introduction of substantial societal changes, including the abolition of the death penalty, the decriminalisation of homosexuality and the legalisation of abortion.

The plaque will be unveiled by Bacon's biographer and Leeds's second female Member of Parliament, Rachel Reeves.

Adam Warner