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'Produce your voice, Mr Hughes!'

The great Betty Boothroyd has died aged 93, the first woman to be Speaker of the House of Commons, and famous for her wit and intellect. Here are three of her finest moments.

Baroness Betty Boothroyd was born in 1929 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, the only child of two textile workers. In early adulthood, she became a dancer, and appeared at the London Palladium as a member of the Tiller Girls dance troupe. In 1952, a foot infection ended her dancing career and she moved into politics. In 1973 she was elected to the House of Common…

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Tony Wilson