A Problem Like Maria

A Problem Like Maria


A Woman's Eye View of Life as an MP

Maria Fyfe

ISBN: 9781910021040

Binding: paperback

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A Labour Whip once revealed that in their office they sang songs about certain backbenchers. In the case of the Member for Maryhill, their choice was ‘How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?’

A frank account of fourteen years in Westminister from the rebellious Maria Fyfe – the only female Labour MP in Scotland when she was first elected. Fyfe recounts some of the most significant moments of her political career, from the frustrating and infuriating, to the rewarding and worthwhile.

A significant aim of writing this book was to set the record straight on that period in our UK Parliament. Another aim was to encourage interest in a political life when widespread cynicism discourages good people from thinking about it.  Maria Fyfe

Covering some of the most turbulent years of British and Scottish political history, A Problem Like Maria takes the female’s perspective of life as an MP in the male-dominated Westminster. This book reaches the parts of politics some people hope you never reach.


The intimidating Maria Fyfe sounds like strong Scottish domestic drama.  Edward Pearce, London Evening Standard

The terrifying Maria Fyfe stamped in … her of the sharpened claws.  Matthew Parris, The Times

An incorrigible Bevanite. The Observer