A special beer brewed with rhubarb has been unveiled in Westminster’s Strangers Bar the to celebrate achievements of Yorkshire’s first female MP.
The 4.3 per cent pale ale (pumpclip above) was brewed in honour of miner’s daughter Alice Bacon, born in Normanton near Wakefield and elected as Labour MP in Leeds in 1945.
The ale, produced by the Five Towns Brewery, was commissioned by the Forgotten Women of Wakefield Project, a group profiling and celebrating the achievements of women in the area including Normanton-born Alice.
Baroness Bacon became a high-profile Home Office minister, overseeing the abolition of the death penalty.
Rachel Reeves, Labour MP for Leeds West who has written a Baroness Bacon’s biography, called her a “pioneer”.
“I’m delighted that we can now celebrate her legacy in the Commons where she made such a difference with a glass of Yorkshire-brewed Baroness Bacon Beer and help a new generation learn about her fantastic work. “
“Alice Bacon was born into a world where women were unable to vote, yet went on to become Yorkshire’s first female MP and a high-profile minister under Harold Wilson, spearheading the introduction of comprehensive schooling,” she said.
After retirement Alice was made Baroness Bacon of the City of Leeds and Normanton.
Celebrating the new brew – pictured from left: Castleford and Normanton MP Yvette Cooper, Rachel Reeves and Wakefield MP Mary Creagh, Pontefract
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