Margaret Wingfield

Margaret Wingfield
Personal details
Born (1912-01-09)9 January 1912
Surrey, United Kingdom
Died (2002-04-06)6 April 2002
Kingston on Thames
Nationality British

President, Liberal Party (UK)

President, National Council for Women

Margaret E. Wingfield CBE (19 January 1912 – 6 April 2002) was a British Liberal Party politician and President of the Liberal Party from 1975-1976.[1]


Wingfield was educated at Freiburg University and the London School of Economics. She was a social worker and housewife.[2] She was the niece of the Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) Charles McCurdy. Her granddaughter is Carita Ogden, who is a Liberal Democrat Councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth.

Political career

Wingfield was active internally with the Liberal Party. She served on the Liberal Party Council from 1962. She was an executive member, of the British Group of Liberal International.[3] She was Chairman of the Liberal Party social security panel.[4] She was President of the Liberal Party from 1975-76. Her term of office coincided with the time of the revelations about party leader, Jeremy Thorpe's private life and his subsequent resignation.

Wingfield also stood as a Liberal candidate for public office. She stood as a candidate for the London County Council. She also stood four times for parliament; for Wokingham in 1964 and 1966, at the Walthamstow West by-election, 1967 and for Chippenham in 1970.

Party political offices
Preceded by
Arthur Holt
President of the Liberal Party
Succeeded by
Basil Goldstone
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Diane Reid
President of the National Council of Women of Great Britain
Succeeded by
Mary Mayne
  1. Meadowcroft, Michael (17 April 2002). "Margaret Wingfield". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  2. The Times House of Commons, 1964
  3. The Times House of Commons, 1966
  4. The Times House of Commons, 1970

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