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Teresa Gorman's Biography

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Teresa Gorman was Conservative MP for Billericay from 1987 to 2001.

Teresa Ellen Gorman was born on 30 September 1931.

Prior to her election to Parliament, she trained as a teacher and was also a councillor for Westminster City Council from 1982 to 1986.

Gorman was an anti-European and her publications include "The Bastards: dirty tricks and the challenge to Europe"

Matthew Parris once wrote of Gorman: "Mrs Gorman is Benzedrine, 'poppers' and caffeine, all rolled into one explosive little ball"

Teresa Gorman put a large part of her interest in politics down to a trip to America in the sixties, saying: "America changed my life; it was the first time I'd lived in a capitalist society; it was like coming out from behind the Iron Curtain".

In October 1974, Gorman stood under her maiden name Teresa Moore against the official Conservative candidate in Streatham. She got 210 votes. Gorman joined the Conservative Party when Margaret Thatcher became leader.

Teresa Gorman died in August 2015.

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