Diana Elles, Baroness Elles

Diana Elles, Baroness Elles

Diana Elles, Baroness Elles

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Diana Louie Elles, Baroness Elles (19 July 1921 – 17 October 2009) was a barrister and United Nations representative from the United Kingdom. She was a delegate to the European Parliament for over a decade.

Early years

Born Diana Newcombe in Bedford, she was the daughter of Colonel Stewart Francis Newcombe and his wife Elisabeth Chaki, who had met in his war captivity. Her father was a close friend of T.E.Lawrence After education at private schools in London, Paris and Florence, she went to the University of London, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Italian in 1941. During the Second World War Elles served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, becoming a Flight Officer in 1944. Versed in mathematics she was attached to Bletchley Park and was part of a team of code-breakers.

Career in England

Elles was called to the bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1956 and worked in the voluntary care committee in Kennington. She was director of the National Institute of Houseworkers, opening an...
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