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Books in brief: Alice in Westminster by Rachel Reeves

Reeves has done Alice Bacon proud

By Rachel Holmes   February 2017

9781784537685Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon, by Rachel Reeves (IB Tauris, £20)

A significant number of women took Labour seats in 2015 and half of the roles in Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet, many in top jobs, are held by women. The current Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner MP is a former care worker and union official from Stockport. Just like the first female Labour Education Minister, Alice Bacon, Rayner defied the odds to be elected an MP and achieve high office.

Bacon, daughter of a West Yorkshire miner and trade…

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