RefNoMPA
TitleJoan Maynard (1921 - 1998), Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside
AdminHistory(Vera) Joan Maynard, trade unionist and politician, was born in Easingwold, North Yorkshire on 5 of July 1921. She was Labour Member of Parliament for the Sheffield Brightside constituency from 1974 - 1987 and a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Agriculture, 1975 - 1987. She died in Sowerby, North Yorkshire on the 27 March 1998.

Coming from a working class background, she lobbied for causes of the left such as the establishment of a national minimum wage. Continual campaigning and a rigid adherence to socialist principles earned her the nickname of 'Stalin's Grandmother' although she always insisted she was not a communist. The journalist Andrew Alexander described her as 'Sheffield's answer to Rosa Luxembourg'. She gave up her seat in 1987 to look after her older brother and sister.

Maynard was heavily critical of the government's handling of Northern Ireland, particularly focusing on the rights of prisoners. She was involved in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) movement, and was also a prominent commentator on the Apartheid regime in South Africa. In addition to these international issues, she was a champion for local agricultural issues; she was perhaps most famous for her campaign to end the tied-cottage system in British agriculture. After determined lobbying by Maynard, the Rent (Agricultural) Act (1976), which established a fair rent system for agricultural workers, was put on the statute book. The act gave agricultural workers security of tenure and brought them within the scope of the rent acts.
DescriptionThis collection covers the years 1974 to 1983 dealing with Maynard's time as an MP for the Sheffield Brightside constituency. The documents are grouped into five sections:

1. General correspondence, 1975 - 1982 (MPA/1/1-4)

2. Constituency correspondence, 1977 - 1979 (MPA/2/1-7)

3. Case papers, 1980 - 1983 (MPA/3/1-6)

4. Subject files, 1974 - 1982 (MPA/4/1-67)

5. Parliamentary affairs, 1978 (MPA/5/1-3)
Date1974 - 1983
Extent94 items
AccessStatusRestricted
AccessConditions1. General correspondence - these files are restricted for 30 years. Thereafter, access may be granted under the Data Protection Act (1998) s.33 'Research, History and Statistics' ss. 4b which states that personal data which are processed only for research purposes are exempt from section 7 ('Right of Access to Personal Data') "if the results of the research or any resulting statistics are not made available in a form which identifies data subjects or any of them". Please contact the Archivist for advice on accessing these files as some may contain personal information.

2. Constituency correspondence - these files contains personal information about individuals and their circumstances and are closed for 75 years under the Data Protection Act. Please refer to the Archivist for advice on how to access the restricted items.

3. Case papers - these files contains personal information about individuals and their circumstances and are closed for 75 years under the Data Protection Act. Please refer to the Archivist for advice on how to access the restricted items.

3. Subject files - open.

4. Parliamentary affairs - open.
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