I was very sad to hear of the death of Doreen Miller – Baroness Miller of Hendon – who died suddenly last Saturday, only days after her 81st birthday. Many parliamentarians have paid tribute to her work. She was a great champion of ensuring more women served in Parliament and faced some gruelling constituency selection processes. She was an active member of the Lords – I saw her only days before she died. She was also a former student of mine. She was a student at the LSE in the 1950s, but left in order to get married. As Baroness Bottomley, Hull University’s Chancellor, put it, she then took a ‘fifty year gap’ before getting special permission (not holding a first degree) to take the MA in Legislative Studies Online at the University of Hull. I was her supervisor. She was delighted when she graduated. The picture shows her at the graduation ceremony in 2009, flanked by Baroness Bottomley and me. Her dedication to the House of Lords was obvious throughout her period in the House – she was made a life peer in 1993 – and she will be greatly missed.