Dame Marion Roe may have been a Member of Parliament for over twenty-two years, but she has been in politics, making a very real difference to her community and the United Kingdom as a whole, her entire life. She was awarded the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Parliament.
After her retirement as a Member of Parliament, Dame Marion became an active and vocal campaigner for the rights of children, child protection and the elderly.
Early Life and Family
Dame Marion was born on the 15th of July, 1936, in London. She was educated at Bromley High School for Girls and Croyden High School before completing her education in Vevey, Switzerland. She married James Roe in 1958 and the couple have three children. Politics, and service to country is very much a part of the ethos of the Roes family.
Dame Marion’s daughter Philippa is currently the incumbent leader for Westminster City Council and fully intends to follow in her mother’s footsteps, making a difference and serving her community through politics.
Making a Difference – Dame Marion’s Early Political Career
Dame Marion joined the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom and served in local politics as a councillor for Bromley. She served on the Greater London Council
for 9 years before being elected as a Member of Parliament for the constituency of Broxbourne in the 1983 general election. She successfully retained this position until she stepped down shortly before the 2005 general election.
Dame Marion served as Junior Minister for the Environment in the government of Margaret Thatcher during the early 1980’s. She was the chair of the Administration Committee and the Health Select Committee, as well as vice-chair of the 1922 committee.
Her political career is marked by her commitment to her constituents and their needs. Despite the constraints on her time by her duties at Westminster, Dame Marion made herself available to her constituents, spending much of her free time in her community and working for non-profit and charitable organisations that she was able to lend her support and her influence.
In 2005, Dame
Marion did not stand for re-election as an MO, but gave her support to her successor Charles Walker in his campaign. After retiring from active politics, Dame Marion founded and launched the Roe Project, a programme devised to mentor and support younger party and parliamentary candidates with public speaking help and advice.
Dame Marion has always been outspoken and campaigned against child labour, trafficking of children and female genital mutilation (FGM). While a Member of Parliament she worked with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UNICEF to establish an international committee on child protection.
Life After Parliament - Community and Charity
In 2010, Dame Marion became a trustee of the National Benevolent Fund for the Aged. She replaced Winston Churchill as chair and continues to campaign, raise awareness and money for the charity. She is a keen supporter of the opera and the ballet.