Former Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s secretary Baroness Falkender – formerly Marcia Williams – has died aged 86.

Lady Falkender, once dubbed the Duchess of Downing Street, died on 6 February.

She was Mr Wilson’s private and political secretary from 1956 to 1983, which included his leadership of the Labour Party and his time in office.

She was one of the most powerful women in politics during Mr Wilson’s premiership and came to prominence following his 1976 resignation.

Lady Falkender

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