I have got to defend this.” Her other pledge is to move from her home in Northfield, Birmingham, near to where she worked at Birmingham’s Women’s Hospital, to live in the constituency she will serve.
The first thing she did for him was “type his resignation letter to Churchill as secretary to the India Committee”.
As an adult she recalled having left school aged 16, being keen to “get into the war” and to marry “an interesting man”.
She fulfilled the first of her wishes, following secretarial college, by being taken on as a typist at the Ministry of Defence.
But he continued to write a poem for Pamela every year on their wedding anniversary, with a bunch of roses, one for each year of their marriage.
When he proposed, he had warned her to brace for “grinding poverty and a life on the back benches”, Pamela recalled in an interview for the 2012 compilation book because it only allowed whites – causing embarrassment with the Indian friend who was accompanying him.