Lady Astor 100 Statue Campaign

Who is Lady Nancy Astor and why has she been immortalised as a statue?

100 years on since she was elected to the House of Commons, Lady Nancy Astor is being remembered with a bronze statue outside her family’s former home in Plymouth.

Recognised as the first female MP to take a seat in the commons, what is the former politician best known for?

And how did the hostess turn into one of the most important MPs of the 20th century?

  • Who was Lady Astor?
Virginian-born Lady Nancy Astor was the first female MP to take a seat in parliament. Credit: PA

Lady Astor – born Nancy Witcher Langhorne – is considered the first female MP to take a seat in parliament.

The Virginian-born politician was elected as a Conservative MP for Plymouth Sutton in 1919 receiving more votes than Labour and the Liberal candidates combined.

However she is not the first ever female MP to be elected.

Irish Republican and Sinn Fein candidate Constance Markievicz, was elected a year earlier but did not take her seat.

Lady Astor went on to serve as an MP for a quarter of a century, eventually standing down in 1945.

She died in 1964 aged 84.

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Alexis Bowater