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Jennie Lee (1904-1988), Politician, MP for Cannock and North Lanarkshire; wife of Aneurin Bevan

Janet ('Jennie') Lee, Baroness Lee of Asheridge

Sitter in 30 portraits
Born in Fife, Lee graduated from Edinburgh University in 1926. She was elected Labour MP for North Lanark in 1929, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Parliament. Lee married Aneurin Bevan in 1934. She worked in the Ministry of Aircraft Production during World War II and later became one of the most successful ministers in Harold Wilson's administration (1964-70). Her vision for accessibility in the arts was outlined in the paper A Policy for the Arts, the First Steps (February 1965), and in March 1965 she joined the Department of Education and Science. Later the country's first Minister for the Arts (1967-70), Lee played a central role in the foundation of the Open University. She was created a Baroness in 1970.

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x92559

Janet Bevan (Jennie Lee), Baroness Lee of Asheridge

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 1958
NPG x92559

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Janet Bevan (Jennie Lee), Baroness Lee of Asheridge

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 1958
NPG x92561

x171962

Jennie Lee

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 26 September 1963
NPG x171962

x171963

Jennie Lee

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 26 September 1963
NPG x171963

x171964

Jennie Lee

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 26 September 1963
NPG x171964

x171965

Jennie Lee

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 26 September 1963
NPG x171965

x171966

Jennie Lee

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 26 September 1963
NPG x171966

x171967

Jennie Lee

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 26 September 1963
NPG x171967

x171968

Jennie Lee

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 26 September 1963
NPG x171968

x171969

Jennie Lee

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 26 September 1963
NPG x171969