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Diana Elles, Baroness Elles

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Diana Louie Elles, Baroness Elles 19 July 1921 – 17 October 2009 was a barrister and United Nations representative from the United Kingdom She was a delegate to the European Parliament for over a decade Her son is James Elles


  • 1 Early years
  • 2 Career in England
  • 3 Foreign career
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 Works
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early years

Born Diana Newcombe in Bedford, she was the daughter of Colonel Stewart Francis Newcombe and his wife Elisabeth Chaki, who he had met in his war captivity Her father was a close friend of TELawrence, who was the godfather of her brother Stuart Lawrence Newcombe born 1920 After education at private schools in London, Paris and Florence, she went to the University of London, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Italian in 1941 During the Second World War Elles served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, becoming a Flight Officer in 1944 Versed in mathematics she was attached to Bletchley Park and was part of a team of code-breakers

Career in England

Elles was called to the bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1956 and worked in the voluntary care committee in Kennington She was director of the National Institute of Houseworkers, opening a training college in 1963 In July 1970, Elles became chairman of the British section of the European Union of Women and three years later of the organisation as a whole In 1972, Edward Heath, at that time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom arranged for her a life peerage and on 2 May she was created Baroness Elles, of the City of Westminster When Labour took office in 1974, she sat on the Opposition benches in the House of Lords and acted as Spokesperson for foreign and European affairs

In 1977 Elles became a council member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs until 1986 and subsequently was governor of the University of Reading until 1996 She was trustee of the Industry and Parliament Trust from 1985 and in 1990 a trustee of the Caldecott Community that was founded as a London nursery in 1911 - latterly a residential therapeutic community for children in care Elles was appointed an honorable bencher of Lincoln's Inn in 1993 After her retirement from politician, she spent her time supporting the British Institute of Florence

Foreign career

In 1972, Elles joined the British delegation to the United Nations General Assembly and after a year was added to the UN Sub-Commission for Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities She was nominated UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in 1975 Four years later, she resigned her offices with the UN

Edward Heath sent her to the European Parliament in 1973, where she headed the international office until 1978, when Elles had to make room for a Labour delegate In the Parliament's first election in 1979, she won the Conservative seat for Thames Valley Together with her son James, she was returned in 1984 for another five years From 1982, she served as the Parliament's vice-president and two years later, stood unsuccessfully for the presidency When in 1987, her term ended, she ran for the leadership of the European Democratic Group, however was defeated by Christopher Prout Elles left the Parliament in 1989 and became a member of the Belgian law firm Van Bael and Bellis

Personal life

In 1945, she married Neil Patrick Moncrieff Elles; they had two children, Elizabeth Rosamund born 1947 and James Edmund Moncrieff born 1949 Her husband having predeceased her, Elles died on 17 October 2009, aged 88


  • The Housewife and The Common Market 1971
  • Procedural Aspects of Competition Law 1975
  • UN Human Rights of Non-Citizens 1984
  • Legal Issues of the Maastricht Treaty 1995
  • European and World Trade Law 1996


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Peerage" Retrieved 19 December 2009 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Obituary - Baroness Elles" The Telegraph 29 October 2009 Retrieved 29 October 2009 
  3. ^ 1988, Malcolm Brown ed: TELawrence - The Selected Letters ISBN 1-55778-518-X pg 174
  4. ^ a b c d "Obituary - Baroness Elles: human rights campaigner and Conservative MEP" The Times 26 October 2009 Retrieved 19 December 2009 
  5. ^ "No 45663" The London Gazette 4 May 1972 p 5315 
  6. ^ a b c "Parliament of the United Kingdom, Official website - Profile of Baroness Elles" Retrieved 19 December 2009 
  7. ^ "Appointments" The Independent 7 August 1993 Retrieved 20 October 2009 
  8. ^ a b c Charles Roger Dod & Robert Phipps Dod 2001 Dod's Parliamentary Companion 2001 Vacher Dod Publishing Ltd p 489 ISBN 0-905702-30-1 
  9. ^ a b "European Parliament, Official website - Profile of Baroness Elles" Retrieved 19 December 2009 
  10. ^ "p 19122 § 191219 - Diana Louie Newcombe, Baroness Elles" Retrieved 25 October 2009 

External links

  • Portraits of Diana Elles, Baroness Elles at the National Portrait Gallery, London
  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Diana Elles, Baroness Elles
European Parliament
New constituency Member of the European Parliament for Thames Valley
1979 – 1989
Succeeded by
John Stevens

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