Former teacher Helen Clark (nee Dyche) was elected as Peterborough’s first Labour MP in May 1997, as Helen Brinton.
She was born in 1952, the only child of Staunch labour supports George and Phyllis, both of whom were teachers as well.
Having won the Peterborough seat she married for a second time, and held on to the seat, in the 2002 election.
One of Helen’s first major achievements was the “Home Zone”. This area around Chaucer Road in New England, was one of the first in the country – of nine so far – to be built. A “Home Zone” is an area in which pedestrians and cyclists have priority over cars on the roads.