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The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was among those who attended the funeral of one of Cambridgeshire’s most revered politicians, Betty Boothroyd, the first female Speaker of the House of Commons.

The service took place on Wednesday in the 12th Century St George’s Church in Thriplow, the village south of Cambridge where she had lived for many years.

The funeral of former House of Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd took place in St George's Church in Thriplow; mourners included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. PHOTO: Bavmedia

The funeral of former House of Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd took place in St George’s Church in Thriplow; mourners included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. PHOTO: Bav Media

She had served as Speaker of the House of Commons from 1992 to 2000 but from 1973 to 2000 had been Labour MP for West Bromwich.

The funeral of former House of Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd took place in St George's Church in Thriplow; mourners included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. PHOTO: Bavmedia

The funeral of former House of Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd took place in St George’s Church in Thriplow; mourners included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and (pictured) Sir Keir Starmer. PHOTO: Bav Media

In 2001 she was made a peer and as Baroness Boothroyd entered the House of Lords.

She lived in Thriplow for more than 30 years, and died last month at the age of 93.

Thriplow and Heathfield parish councillor David Easthope said: “Parish councillors were very sorry to hear of the death of Baroness Boothroyd.

The funeral of former House of Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd took place in St George's Church in Thriplow; mourners included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. PHOTO: Bavmedia

The funeral of former House of Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd took place in St George’s Church in Thriplow; mourners included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. PHOTO: Bav Media

“During her busy life in public service and after her retirement Betty greatly valued the privacy that living in Thriplow gave her.”

He told the Royston Crow newspaper: “She was a lovely lady who always looked immaculate even when simply going along to the Thriplow shop or for a meal at our village pub – The Green Man.

“After her retirement she supported local organisations by giving excellent and very entertaining talks about her life and work in politics.

The funeral of former House of Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd took place in St George's Church in Thriplow; mourners included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. PHOTO: Bavmedia

The funeral of former House of Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd took place in St George’s Church in Thriplow; mourners included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. PHOTO: Bavmedia

“Her presence in the village, together with her wit and wisdom will be missed by many.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and current speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle were among those at the funeral service.

The funeral of former House of Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd took place in St George's Church in Thriplow; mourners included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. PHOTO: Bavmedia

The funeral of former House of Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd took place in St George’s Church in Thriplow; mourners included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. PHOTO: Bav Media

“Today we come together from across the political spectrum to remember one of our greatest Speakers – the remarkable Betty Boothroyd,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

“Parliament stands taller because of her service.”

The funeral of former House of Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd took place in St George's Church in Thriplow; mourners included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. PHOTO: Bavmedia

The funeral of former House of Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd took place in St George’s Church in Thriplow; mourners included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. PHOTO: Bav Media

Sir Keir called Baroness Boothroyd an “inspiration”.

“A devoted public servant, Betty was at the forefront of a generation of women who smashed the glass ceiling for female politicians,” he tweeted.

The funeral of former House of Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd took place in St George's Church in Thriplow; mourners included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. PHOTO: Bavmedia

The funeral of former House of Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd took place in St George’s Church in Thriplow; mourners included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. PHOTO: Bav Media

“She will be dearly missed by all in politics.”

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab and Deputy Labour Leader Angela Rayner stood in for Mr Sunak and Sir Keir respectively during Wednesday’s Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.

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