I am delighted that the trail-blazing work of Dr Marion Phillips – the first female MP in Sunderland – has today been recognised with a prestigious Blue Plaque in Foyle Street.
Dr Phillips was an amazing woman. She not only worked tirelessly to involve women in politics, but also fought for workplace equality, free school meals and specialist clinics for children.
During her time in Sunderland she campaigned for paid holidays for workers, as well as free trade for the city’s shipbuilders. Sadly, she died of cancer aged just 50 in 1932. A truly inspirational woman.