BRIGGS, Anna. b. Newcastle upon Tyne, 15 Feb 1947. Anna is the eldest of six daughters. Her parents, Harry and Gwen Briggs, were active in the church, the Labour Party and many other political pressure groups, and she grew up surrounded by campaigning and lobbying as a way of life, not divorced from, but an essential part of, her family’s Christian beliefs.
She graduated in Political and Economic Studies from University College, Cardiff (1968) and took a postgraduate Diploma in Health Services Admin at Leeds University (1973), while also serving as a Labour Councillor in the city and chairing a housing sub-committee. Moving back to her native Tyneside she became involved in the growing...
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