|Intro||British politician; life peer|
|Birth|| 16 September 1918 |
|Death|| 11 January 2004 |
(aged 85 years)
Irene Mervyn Parnicott Pike, Baroness Pike, DBE (16 September 1918 – 11 January 2004) was a British Conservative politician. The name by which she came to be known, Mervyn, had been the name of her father’s best friend, who was to have been her godfather; when he was killed in action, a few days before she was born, her father decided that the baby would take his name.
Born into a family of Castleford pottery manufacturers, she was educated at Hunmanby Hall (East Riding of Yorkshire) and at Reading University and served with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during World War II. She was managing director of a firm of pottery manufacturers.
Pike contested Pontefract in 1951 and Leek in 1955 without success. She was elected Member of Parliament for Melton at a by-election in December 1956. She held several positions including Assistant Postmaster-General from 1959 to 1963, joint Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department from 1963 to 1964 and Chair of the WRVS from 1974 to 1981 and the Broadcasting Complaints Commission from 1981 to 1985.
Pike was created a life peer on 15 May 1974 as Baroness Pike, of Melton in the County of Leicestershire and was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 1981 Birthday Honours. She died in 2004, unmarried, aged 85, from natural causes.