Memorial service for Labour peer Baroness Hollis

A memorial service is being held at St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich for Labour peer Baroness Pat

A memorial service is being held at St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich for Labour peer Baroness Patricia Hollis, who died in October 2018. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant © 2007

One of Norwich's hardest-campaigning politicians will be remembered at a service this weekend.

Social security secretary Alistair Darling (right), minister of state John Denham, (left) and (back

Social security secretary Alistair Darling (right), minister of state John Denham, (left) and (back from left) Angela Eagal, Stephen Timms and Patricia Hollis, during a news conference at Richmond House in London's Whitehall in July 1998. Picture: PA Archive/PA Images - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

The memorial service for Patricia Hollis, Baroness Hollis of Heigham, who died last October aged 77, will take place at St Peter Mancroft Church at 4pm on Saturday.

Made a life peer in 1990, Baroness Hollis served as a minister at the Departments of Social Security and Work and Pensions and became a force to be reckoned in the House of Lords.

An experienced local politician, she served on Norwich City Council for nearly 25 years - including as its first female leader in the 1980s - and as a Norfolk county councillor.

Baroness Patricia Hollis at the opening of the new shop for St Martins Housing Trust, of which she w

Baroness Patricia Hollis at the opening of the new shop for St Martins Housing Trust, of which she was patron, in Exchange Street, Norwich. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

In 1974 and 1979 she stood as the Labour parliamentary candidate in Great Yarmouth.


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She was also a lecturer and dean at the University of East Anglia.

She was known as a tireless social justice campaigner, on issues such as social care for the elderly, benefits for disabled people and eradicating child poverty.

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