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Edwina Currie
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Currie in 2009
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
In office
10 September 1986 – 16 December 1988
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by John Major
Succeeded by Roger Freeman
In office
9 June 1983 – 8 April 1997
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Mark Todd
Personal details
Born
Edwina Cohen

13 October 1946 (1946-10-13) (age 74)
Liverpool, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s)
  • Ray Currie
    (m. 1972; div. 2001)
  • John Jones
    (m. 2001; died 2020)
Children 2
Residence Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, England
Alma mater

Edwina Currie (née Cohen; born 13 October 1946) is a British writer, broadcaster and former politician, serving as Conservative Party Member of Parliament for South Derbyshire from 1983 until 1997. She was a Junior Health Minister for two years, resigning in 1988 during the salmonella-in-eggs controversy.

By the time Currie lost her seat as an MP in 1997, she had begun a new career as a novelist and broadcaster. She is the author of six novels, and has also written four works of non fiction. In September 2002, publication of Currie's Diaries (1987–92) caused a sensation, as they revealed a four-year affair with colleague (and later Prime Minister) John Major between 1984 and 1988.

She remains an outspoken public figure, with a reputation for being "highly opinionated," and currently earns her living as an author and media personality.

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