Harriet Slater CBE (née Evans; 1903 – 12 October 1976) was the first woman Whip, House of Commons (Labour) in 1964.
She was a British Labour and Co-operative politician.
Slater, née Evans, was born in Tunstall, Staffordshire on 3 July 1903. Educated at Hanley High School and Dudley Teachers’ Training College, she was National Organiser for the Cooperative Party from 1942 to 1953, and a local councillor in Stoke-on-Trent from 1933 to 1965. Slater was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stoke-on-Trent North at a by-election in 1953, and served until her retirement at the 1966 general election. From 1964 to 1966, she was a Government whip, the first woman to become one, with the formal title of Lord of the Treasury. Ruth Smeeth writes that Slater saw her role in Parliament as "being a practical advocate for the working-class, especially working-class women ... As her parliamentary colleague Laurie Pavitt MP once wrote of her, Harriet was Stoke-on-Trent. She knew what mattered to the people she represented, because she was one of them.". Slater's maiden speech was about racial justice, made spontaneously because of her strong feelings about equality. She was married to Frederick Slater, whom she met through the Co-operative movement. Slater was granted a life peerage on her retirement from Parliament.
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