Doris Fisher, Baroness Fisher of Rednal

For other people named Doris Fisher, see Doris Fisher (disambiguation).
The Right Honourable
The Baroness Fisher of Rednal
Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
for Birmingham, Ladywood
In office
Preceded by Wallace Lawler
Succeeded by Brian Walden
Personal details
Born Doris Mary Gertrude Satchwell
(1919-09-13)13 September 1919
Birmingham, England
Died 18 December 2005(2005-12-18) (aged 86)
Nationality British
Political party Labour

Doris Mary Gertrude Fisher, Baroness Fisher of Rednal, JP (13 September 1919 – 18 December 2005[1]), née Satchwell, was a British politician.

Early life and education

Born in Birmingham, she was the daughter of Frederick James Satchwell.[2] She was educated at Tinker's Farm Girls' School and went then to Fircroft College and afterwards Bournville Day Continuation College.[3]


She joined the Labour Party in 1945 and was nominated director of her local Co-operative board in 1951.[4] A year later, Fisher was elected a member of the Birmingham City Council, in which she sat until 1974.[5] Subsequently she served as a member of the Warrington and Runcorn Development Corporation until 1989.[3] Fisher was National President of the Co-operative Party Guild in 1961 and was appointed a Justice of the Peace.[4]

She contested Birmingham, Ladywood in 1969 at a by-election won by Wallace Lawler of the Liberals.[3] In the following general election, she was successful for the constituency and represented it as Member of Parliament (MP) the next four years.[6] After her departure from the House of Commons, she was created a life peer as Baroness Fisher of Rednal, of Rednal, in the City of Birmingham on 2 July 1974.[7]

In the House of Lords, Fisher became Crown Representative of the General Medical Council in September 1974 and later chaired the Esperanto Group.[8] She was nominated an Assistant Whip for Environment in 1983, an office she held until the following year.[5] Fisher entered the European Parliament in 1975, sitting in Strasbourg until 1979.[2] She was vice-president of the Institute of Trading Standards Administration (today the Trading Standards Institute).[2]

In December 1991, at the age of 72, Lady Fisher slept rough in a nest of cardboard boxes at Birmingham's St Philip's Cathedral to draw attention to the plight of the city's homeless.[9]

Personal life

She married Joseph Fisher, a sheet-metal-worker at the Longbridge plant, in 1939 and had two daughters.[3] Her husband died in 1978 and she survived him until her death in 2005, aged 86.[4]


  1. House of Lords (20 December 2005). "Announcement of her death at the House of Lords". Minutes of Proceedings. Retrieved 8 November 2006.
  2. 1 2 3 "Obituary - Lady Fisher of Rednal". The Telegraph. London. 21 December 2005. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Dalyell, Tam (24 December 2005). "Obituary - Baroness Fisher of Rednal". The Independent. London. Retrieved 8 November 2006.
  4. 1 2 3 Roth, Andrew (14 February 2006). "Obituary - Baroness Fisher". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  5. 1 2 "Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics - Doris Fisher". Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  6. "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Ladywood". Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 46352. p. 7918. 24 September 1974. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  8. Charles Roger Dod and Robert Phipps Dod (1985). Dod's Parliamentary Companion. Dod's Parliamentary Companion Ltd. p. 103. ISBN 0-905702-10-7.
  9. "Obituary - Lady Fisher of Rednal". The Telegraph. 21 December 2005.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Wallace Lawler
Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Ladywood
1970 February 1974
Succeeded by
Brian Walden
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