53 Facts About Baroness Trumpington


Baroness Trumpington was born as Jean Campbell-Harris, a daughter of Major Arthur Campbell-Harris, an officer in the 7th Hariana Lancers, who served as ADC to the Viceroy of India and was an acquaintance of David Lloyd George.

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Baroness Trumpington's mother was Doris Robson, a wealthy American heiress of a Chicago paint manufacturer.

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Baroness Trumpington's mother had lost most of her inheritance in the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and sold their home at 55 Great Cumberland Place.

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Baroness Trumpington then went to a finishing school in Paris to study art and literature.

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Baroness Trumpington spent a year at Montrichard receiving coaching from French tennis champion Jean Borotra.

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Baroness Trumpington had two brothers educated at Eton; the elder, Alastair, was at Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.

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Baroness Trumpington recalled that Lloyd George used to find reasons to "measure her".

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Baroness Trumpington then worked in naval intelligence at Bletchley Park from October 1940, making use of her knowledge of the German language to crack naval codes.

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Baroness Trumpington was billeted at Great Brickhill with W J Locke's family, before moving to Passenham Manor, home of banker George Ansley.

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Baroness Trumpington's work was the centre of Z codes supervised by German-Jewish refugee, Walter Ettinghausen.

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Baroness Trumpington went to parties at the Ritz and Crillion Club, frequented by politicians.

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Baroness Trumpington maintained a passion for tennis and French fashion.

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Baroness Trumpington found her offices in 17 Great College Street, but he was slightly drunk most of the time and inclined to nonchalance.

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In 1952, Baroness Trumpington moved to America, travelling on board RMS Mauretania and arriving at New York on 28 January.

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Baroness Trumpington shared a flat above the Stork Club on East 52nd Street, off Park Avenue.

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Baroness Trumpington was able to secure a position with an advertising agency, Fletcher Richards at the Rockefeller Center, off 5th Avenue.

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Baroness Trumpington returned to Britain during the London Season and Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, and they were engaged in October 1953.

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Baroness Trumpington was forced to apply for a licence to the Solicitor-General so that they could become the first couple in modern times to hold a wedding at the Chapel of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, which took place on 18 March 1954.

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Baroness Trumpington played host to the rich and famous, often travelling abroad to raise funds for The Leys from parents and old boys.

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Baroness Trumpington promoted the school with her own brand of conservatism, taking care of mental health and epilepsy in the school.

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Baroness Trumpington was married in 1985 to Elizabeth Mary, daughter of Eric Marsden OBE of Stourpaine Manor, Blandford.

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Baroness Trumpington was appointed governor of the one in Cambridge, and moved to Cambridge where her voluntary work continued.

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Baroness Trumpington was a member of the Rheumatism and Arthritis Association, which began serious research work on debilitation at Cambridge laboratories.

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Baroness Trumpington granted the Freedom of Cambridge to RAF Oakington, revived the town's market, installed a travel centre, and built an entrance hall to the railway station.

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Baroness Trumpington opened the Elizabeth Way Bridge with former Conservative cabinet minister Rab Butler, High Steward of Cambridge University.

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Baroness Trumpington arranged to "twin" Cambridge with three other great university cities, Florence, Heidelberg and Split.

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Baroness Trumpington raised funds for Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Indo-Pakistan War Relief Fund, and undertook a swimathon.

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Baroness Trumpington re-entered politics in 1973, when she was elected to Cambridgeshire County Council for the Trumpington division but resigned in 1975 over the rapist scandal.

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Baroness Trumpington sought election to Parliament, and reached the short list for the Isle of Ely for the October 1974 election.

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Baroness Trumpington was one of the few who could get along well with the leader of her party, Margaret Thatcher.

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Baroness Trumpington served on various public bodies, including chair of the Air Transport Users Committee.

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Baroness Trumpington had an extensive address book in the United States; managing British interests on the Council in New York gave her a social profile that befitted her class status and ambition, but was nonetheless useful networking for the British Government.

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Baroness Trumpington was a member of the Farmers' Club and Grillion's Club in London.

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Baroness Trumpington became a resident expert on the committee, where she sat until 2010.

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Baroness Trumpington was promoted to number two at the ministry in 1989 when the Prime Minister was still creating hereditary peerages; she valued her friendship and support.

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Baroness Trumpington continued until 1992, serving during John Major's administration as Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when at age 69 she was the oldest female minister ever.

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Baroness Trumpington received Mohammed Zahir Shah, the last king of Afghanistan, on behalf of the Queen.

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On several occasions during the 1990s, Lady Baroness Trumpington became acquainted with the New Labour opposition leaders, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown at Court.

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Baroness Trumpington was one of the few officials on hand in 1990 to recognise the new State of Mongolia, subsequently travelling to Ulan Bator to deal with KGB-backed Russian investors on a construction project.

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New Labour government therefore decided to appoint her an Extraordinary Baroness Trumpington-in-Waiting from 1998, given her many years of experience at Court.

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Baroness Trumpington voted often in favour of university tuition fees and raising the cap to £9,000; opposed constitutional reform, telling the Lords that she believed in the first-past-the-post system; and against the ban on fox hunting.

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Lady Baroness Trumpington was broadly in favour of Brexit, particularly the diminution of EU integration.

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Baroness Trumpington voted against the bill to make a referendum necessary to transfer powers back from EU to UK.

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Baroness Trumpington remained a principled opponent of soft measures on crime.

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Baroness Trumpington opposed "walking free" and community sentencing; her disarming charm when discoursing about conditions in Britain's jails alerted the Lords perspective on the significance of public participation in crime reduction initiatives.

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Baroness Trumpington had initiated the debate on 24 June 2004, and was widely praised for so doing.

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Baroness Trumpington worked at Bletchley Park during the war at the same time as Turing, commenting only on his presence.

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Baroness Trumpington retired from the House of Lords on 24 October 2017, one day after her 95th birthday.

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Baroness Trumpington was appointed an Officer of the National Order of Merit by the French Republic.

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Baroness Trumpington was appointed a Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2005.

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On 30 November 2012, Baroness Trumpington was a guest panellist on the BBC TV's satirical news quiz Have I Got News for You; at the age of 90 she was the oldest guest to have appeared on the programme.

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Baroness Trumpington was referenced as suffering from the fictional 'Slimmels disease' in the spoof news and current affairs satire The Day Today.

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Baroness Trumpington's death was confirmed by her son, Adam Barker, on Twitter later that night.

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