Diana Margaret Maddock, Baroness Maddock, Lady Beith (19 May 1945 – 26 June 2020) was a Liberal Democrat politician.
1 Education and early career
2 Political career
3 Personal life
5 External links
Education and early career
Diana Maddock was educated at Shenstone Training College and Portsmouth Polytechnic (now the University of Portsmouth) and was a teacher of English as a foreign language until starting a family and becoming involved in politics in the mid-1970s.
Maddock joined the Liberal Party in 1976, and was elected to Southampton City Council in 1984. During this time, she was leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the council. She unsuccessfully contested Southampton Test at the 1992 general election, coming third. She was elected as Member of Parliament for Christchurch at a by-election in 1993 that was caused by the death of Robert Adley, but lost the seat at the 1997 election to the Conservative candidate Christopher Chope.
She was created a life peer as Baroness Maddock, of Christchurch in the County of Dorset on 30 October 1997. From 1998 to 2000, she was President of the Liberal Democrats.
In 2005, she was elected a member of Northumberland County Council for Berwick North Division and in 2007 also to Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council for Edward Ward.
Maddock did not re-stand for election to the County Council at the expiry of her term in 2008 and the Borough Council was abolished in 2009 and absorbed into Northumberland County Council.
She married Lord Beith, formerly MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, in 2001. She and her husband are one of the few couples who both hold titles in their own right. She died in June 2020 aged 75.
About cookies on this site