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Train and statue to honour first female MP

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Nancy Astor first represented Plymouth 100 years ago

Great Western Railway has officially named a train after Nancy Astor, the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons.

The ceremony took place at London Paddington, exactly 100 years since the by-election.

Several members of the family are now on a special service to Devon in time to attend Theresa May unveiling a statue in Plymouth, where Nancy was the MP. She stood down in 1945 and died in 1964.

Emily Astor, Nancy's granddaughter, said: "I think she'd be very impressed by the fact that we've now had two women Prime Ministers."


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