Anna Maria Heywood (née Denman), Lady Barlow(1873-1965), Liberal politician and welfare reformer; wife of Sir John Emmott Barlow; sister of 3rd Baron Denman
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Lady Barlow was a politician and ardent campaigner for women's rights. Sister of politician Thomas Denman, she married the liberal MP John Emmott Barlow and stood for election herself in the House of Commons in 1922. She came third in the election of 1924 for a seat in Ilkeston, one of just six women out of 333 liberal hopefuls. A campaigner for women's rights and an advocate for the liberal policy of free trade, as a Quaker she also promoted international pacifism and both she and her husband campaigned against conscription during the First World War. As president of the Band of Hope Union that continues to educate young people about alcohol and drug abuse today, her political campaign strongly advocated temperance.
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