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Mo Mowlam (1949-2005), Politician; MP for Redcar, journalist and writer

Marjorie ('Mo') Mowlam

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Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 1997 to 1999, where she played an important role in orchestrating the Good Friday Agreement and reviving the flagging peace process. Mo Mowlam was one of Tony Blair's most popular ministers with a direct and human approach to politics. A member of the Labour party since 1969, she became Labour MP for Redcar in 1987, standing down at the last election in 2001. An opposition front bench spokesperson from 1988 to 1997, she was a member of the Shadow Cabinet from 1992 to 1997. After her death, Tony Blair described her as 'one of the shrewdest political minds I ever encountered'.

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