Plans to honor pioneering Flintshire politician with purple plaque submitted to council

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Post : Mon May 23, 2022

Update: mon 23 may

Plans for a purple plaque honoring one of Wales’ first female MPs have been submitted to Flintshire County Council.

Eirene White was a journalist and civil servant who became Labor MP for East Flintshire between 1950 and 1970.

When the Labor Party came to power under Harold Wilson in 1964, White became Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Colonial Office, in 1966 Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and in 1967 Minister of State at the Welsh Office for three years.

Eirene White managed to hold on to the Flintshire constituency for 20 years, in an election by just 72 votes she was succeeded by Barry Jones, now Lord Barry Jones,

White was also chairman of the Fabian Society and the Labor Party NEC 1968–9. She was a governor of the British Film Institute and a board member of the Trade Films Council.

After World War II, White served as a political correspondent for the Manchester Evening News and the BBC before entering politics herself.

She has been recognized by the Women’s Equality Network Wales’ list of 100 Welsh Women, created to mark the contributions of women, past and present, who have made brilliant contributions to our national life.

The Flint City Council now wants to place a purple plaque on City Hall in recognition of the former deputy, who died in 1999, aged 90.

The town hall has submitted a request for authorization for classified construction to the town hall.

Purple plate design as submitted to Flintshire Council

According to the minutes of a Flint City Council meeting in January this year, Delyn MS Hannah Blythyn MS contacted the council “regarding the Wales-wide Purple Plaque campaign and a potential plaque in Flint which acknowledges former MP Eirene White.”

The council agreed to have a plaque on the town hall, it was also agreed that the council would donate £500 to it.

The Purple Plaques campaign was created to improve recognition of outstanding women in Wales and award them a plaque to commemorate their achievements and cement their legacy in Welsh history.

The campaign was launched on International Women’s Day 2017, by a group of volunteers who felt the need for greater recognition of women’s contribution to Welsh life.

Across Wales, there are believed to be 250 mainly blue plaques commemorating notable figures, but the vast majority highlight the achievements of men.

A decision on the application is expected from Flintshire Council next month.

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