Name: Barbara Anne Castle
Education: Bradford Girls'Grammar School; Oxford University.
1937: One of youngest members elected to St Pancras borough council.
1944-45: Journalist, Daily Mirror 1945: Elected MP for Blackburn 1964: Minister for overseas development
1965-68: Minister for transport, responsible for introduction of breathalyser and seatbelts.
1968-70: Secretary of state for employment and productivity. Produced In Place of Strife and Equal Pay Act.
1974-76: Secretary of state for health and social security
1979: Elected MEP for Greater Manchester North. Leader of the Labour group.
1990: Made a life peer, Baroness Castle of Blackburn. Widowed, no children.
Recreations: Poetry and walking