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Mavis Tate

Mavis Constance Tate (17 August 18935 June 1947), was a British conservative politician and campaigner for British women's rights.


She was baptized Maybird Hogg. Her first marriage, to Captain G. H. Gott, lasted from 1915 until their divorce in 1925. Her second marriage, to Henry Tate, lasted from 1925 to their divorce in 1944.

As a member of the Conservative Party, she was elected Member of Parliament for Willesden West in 1931. In 1935, however, she moved to the constituency of Frome.

She was an early member of Archibald Ramsay's Right Club from its founding in May 1939. However, she renounced her pro-German beliefs in late 1940, shortly after a nervous breakdown.

She chaired the Women's Power Committee of 1941 and the Equal Pay Campaign Committee of 1942 and was vocal on the subject of equal pay for women as part of the war effort.

Shortly after the end of World War II, she travelled with nine others to visit the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany to report on the result of the atrocities there. She narrated the newsreel of this visit for British Pathé News.

She lost her seat in the 1945 General Election.

Her death in London in 1947 was apparently from gas poisoning.


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