Jennie Lee
(1904-1988)

woman and politician

Died aged c. 84

Janet Lee, Baroness Lee of Asheridge, PC (3 November 1904 – 16 November 1988), known as Jennie Lee, was a Scottish Labour Party politician. She was a Member of Parliament from a by-election in 1929 until 1931 and then from 1945 to 1970. She was married to the Welsh Labour politician Aneurin Bevan from 1934 until his death in 1960. As Minister for the Arts in Harold Wilson's government of 1964-70, she played a leading role in the foundation of the Open University working directly with Harold Wilson to established the principle of open access: Enrolment as a student of the University should be open to everyone … irrespective of educational qualifications, and no formal entrance requirement should be imposed.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

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Aneurin 'Nye' Bevan 1897-1960 and Jennie Lee 1904-1988 Politicians lived here 1944-1954

23 Cliveden Place, Belgravia SW1W, London, United Kingdom where they lived (1944-1954)

The University of Edinburgh in honour of Baroness Jennie Lee 1904-1988 An early woman MP, First Minister for the Arts, Founder of the Open University, Graduate of the University

9 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, United Kingdom where they worked