Mrs Jenny Shipley was born in 1952 in Gore as Jennifer Robson.
She was PM for the Nationals from 1997-9, when she was defeated by Labour's Helen Clark.
She was a primary school teacher before entering politics. She has also taken an interest in child protection. She entered Parliament in 1987 for Ashburton*, Canterbury, and became a minister in Mr Jim Bolger's govt in 1990, ousting him while he was in bonnie Scotland in 1997.
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- named for a village in Devon, England