Death of Baroness Masham: Paralympic and longest-serving woman in House of Lords dies aged 87

Baroness Masham, a Paralympian and the longest-serving female member of the House of Lords, has died aged 87, the charity she founded said.

Independent crossbencher named Susan Lilian Primrose Cunliffe-Lister was named a life peer in 1970 and was a passionate disability rights activist.

Baroness Masham of Ilton died peacefully in hospital on Sunday, the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) said.

The charity, which was founded by Baroness Masham in 1974, said on its website: “We are very saddened to announce that our Founder and President for Life, Baroness Sue Masham of Ilton, died peacefully on Sunday March 12th Northallton Hospital passed away.

“It goes without saying that everyone at the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is devastated at the loss of our greatest champion.

“49 years ago, in 1974, she founded SIA and is why we have been able to support, fight, serve and support thousands of people with spinal cord injuries ever since.

“Our condolences go out to her family at this sad time.”

The UK Parliament website has been updated to announce that Baroness Masham has passed away.

The Paralympics GB website describes Baroness Masham as “one of the UK’s first ever Paralympic medalists” and a “pioneering athlete”.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson tweeted: “Really sad to hear of the passing of Baroness Masham (Sue). The first Paralympian in the House of Lords. She took part in the 1960 Games.” Death of Baroness Masham: Paralympic and longest-serving woman in House of Lords dies aged 87

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