Lady Patricia Lesley Hollis; 1941-2018; Baroness Hollis of Heigham, lecturer, life peer

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Lady Patricia Lesley Hollis; 1941-2018; Baroness Hollis of Heigham, lecturer, life peer

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Patricia Hollis (hereafter PH) was a lecturer in modern history at the University of East Anglia from 1967-1990. Educated at Cambridge University and then taught at Oxford University before moving to Norwich. She entered local politics in 1968 as a Norwich Labour councillor and became chairman of the Housing Committee in 1970. PH stood as the Labour candidate in the 1972 and 1979 General Elections for Great Yarmouth. The first woman to lead Norwich City Council from 1983-88, she served on a national housing finance committee, held the post of TUC representative on the regional health authority (1979-83) and helped restructure local government. She was a County Councillor between 1981-85. Other posts held: director of Radio Broadland, a national commissioner with English Heritage and a member of the Press Council. Author of several books including: 'The Pauper Press' (1970), 'Pressure from Without' (1974) and 'Women in Public 1850-1900' (1979). In 1994 she was appointed a deputy lieutenant for Norfolk. In 1990 PH was created a life peer with the title Baroness Hollis of Heigham in the City of Norwich. She was an Opposition Whip in the House of Lords between 1990 and 1995 and Opposition Spokeswoman on Housing, Local Government, the Environment, Disability and Social Security from 1990.
Sources: Information from UEA newsletter (27 April 1990), Eastern Daily Press articles and House of Parliament website (


Norwich, Norfolk

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