WOMEN’S RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER, FIRST WOMAN MP FOR SWANSEA EAST, ACTIVIST DURING MINERS’ STRIKE
Siân Catherine James, from Swansea, was the first woman to represent Swansea East as a member of parliament, she stood as a Labour MP from 2005 to 2015. During the Miners’ Strike of 1984, Siân helped feed over 1,000 families from nine different centres across three valleys. Her involvement in supporting the miners’ families was portrayed in the 2014 film, Pride. After the strike, Siân completed her A Levels and attended Swansea University as a mature student. Siân was a fundraiser for Save the Children and director of Welsh Women’s Aid before winning her seat in Parliament.
Category: Politics & Social Reform
Dates: 1959 – present
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