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 April1954, 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 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.
Jane Griffiths' official web site (http://www.janestheone.com/)
BBC article about deselection (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/berkshire/3512057.stm)
Categories: 1954 births | British MPs | UK Labour Party politicians | Alumni of the University of Durham
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