Former female MPs give insight into life at Westminster

Baroness Estelle Morris
Baroness Estelle Morris
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A TRIO of former Government ministers – including a former Wearside MP –are heading to Sunderland to talk about their lives in politics.

With local and European elections just days away, Baronesses Estelle Morris, Hilary Armstrong and Joyce Quin will all speak at the latest Sunderland University Discover Series Lecture, later this month.

BBC presenter Richard Moss will act as the compère for the event alongside the three members of the House of Lords, who will talk about what life is like as a politician, and the ins and outs of their careers in Westminster.

The Women in Politics talk will see a selection of questions being fielded to the three women, before the audience will be able to quiz the panel on any topic they choose.

Baroness Armstrong and Baroness Quin have previously represented those in the North East, after working as an MP for North West Durham and Gateshead East and Washington West respectively.

Baroness Armstrong was born in the city and Baroness Quin represented Tyne and Wear as an MEP, before entering the House of Commons.

All three were Government ministers, with Baroness Armstrong working as chief whip in Tony Blair’s Labour Government.

Baroness Morris is a former Education Secretary as well as a former pro vice-chancellor at Sunderland University.

Baroness Quin worked as a Prisons Minister, Minister for Europe and as a junior Agriculture Minister during her time as an MP.

The university has also recognised all three members of the panel with honorary degrees.

Baroness Quin said: “Having treasured my association with Sunderland since my time as MEP for the city, it is great to be able to keep up the link with the university and its students, through an event such as this.”

The talk takes place at the Sir Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre, at St Peter’s Campus, next Thursday. Doors open at 6.30pm and tickets are free, but limited.

They can be booked at or by calling 515 3169.