Willesden's first woman MP
Have just discovered that Willesden had a woman MP from 1931 to 1935. Her name was Mavis Tate and she was MP for West Willesden. She was born Maybird Constance Hogg but changed her first name to Mavis by deed poll and her second name on marriage to Captain Henry Burton Tate. She was said to be an active feminist and chaired committees dealing with women's rights and equal pay. She died in 1947. This fascinating information from a new book, "London Borough of Brent in old photographs", by R. King and M. Barres Baker (Brent Archives £12.99).