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Encyclopedia > Jane Griffiths

Jane Patricia Griffiths is a United Kingdom politician and linguist. She is Labour member of Parliament for Reading East parliamentary constituency. However in 2004 it was announced that her constituency party had deselected her, and would replace her with local councillor Tony Page. This was the first deselection of a sitting MP in the United Kingdom for ten years. Press reports in June 2004 suggest she may be considering defecting from the Labour Party to the Conservative Party.


Jane Griffiths was born in London on the 17 April 1954, the daughter of John and Pat Griffiths. She was educated at the Cedars Grammar School, Leighton Buzzard and St Mary's College, University of Durham. She has a BA in French and Russian. She is married to fellow former councillor Andrew Tattersall and has two children, Martha and Toby.

From 1977 to 1984, Jane Griffiths worked as a linguist at GCHQ, the United Kingdom electronic intelligence operation in Cheltenham. From 1984 until 1997 she worked as a foreign news editor for BBC Monitoring and the BBC World Service in Reading. Besides her native English, she speaks Russian, French, Japanese and Korean. She is the only MP who speaks Japanese or Korean.

From 1989 to 1999, Jane Griffiths was a Labour councillor on Reading Borough Council, holding various senior positions. In the general election of 1997, she was elected as member of Parliament for Reading East parliamentary constituency, a position she retained in the following general election in 2001.

External links

  • Jane Griffiths' official web site (http://www.janestheone.com/)
  • BBC article about deselection (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/berkshire/3512057.stm)

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Jane Griffiths - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (386 words)
Four days after the 2005 general election it was revealed that she had been declared bankrupt, owing £29,000 to the Inland Revenue; the situation would have anyway disqualified her from the Commons.
Griffiths, however, failed to appear at her bankruptcy hearing before Reading County Court on Monday 19 September 2005 and a warrant was subsequently issued for her arrest.
Jane Griffiths was born to John and Pat Griffiths.
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