From The Times of Wednesday 12th December 2007:-
Will Alsop, architect, 60; Lionel Blair, dancer and broadcaster, 76; Will Carling, rugby player and commentator, 42; Denise Coffey, actress, director and writer, 71; Jasper Conran, fashion designer, 48; Emerson Fittipaldi, racing driver, 61; Connie Francis, singer, 69; Roy Grantham, National Secretary, APEX Partnership, 1989-91, 81; Air Commodore Dame Felicity Hill, director, WRAF, 1966-69, 92; Cliff Holden, painter, 88; Sir Philip Ledger, principal, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, 1982-2001, 70; Dionne Warwick, singer, 67.
Gwyneth Dunwoody overtakes Barbara Castle this month in Labour's long serving stakes after being the member for Crewe and Nantwich since 1983 and, before boundary changes, nine years for Crewe. If she is re-elected to the next Parliament, and avoids bed blocker sniping she will overtake Dame Irene Ward to become the oldest woman ever to be elected. She is steeped in Labour Party history. Both her grandmothers were suffragettes, her father, Morgan Phillips, was General Secretary of the Labour Party and her mother was a minister in the House of Lords. Delighting in her reputation for acerbic outspokenness she gleefully accepted an award as Battleaxe of the Year from The Oldie. She has spoken in 47 debates this year and has chaired the Transport Select Committee since 2005, though she is less criticial of the Government since Gordon Brown took over. Divorced in 1975, she has two grown up sons and a daughter. Gwyneth Dunwoody is 77 today. RGT
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