Mo O'Toole
Barbara Maria O'Toole, known as Mo O'Toole (born 24 February 1960) is a former politician
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 in the United Kingdom
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O'Toole attended Sacred Heart Convent School
Sacred Heart Catholic High School (Newcastle upon Tyne)
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 in Fenham
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, Newcastle upon Tyne
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, then studied at Northumbria University
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. Soon afterwards, she married future Labour Party
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 MP Alan Milburn
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, although the couple split in the late 1980s. During this period, O'Toole also served as a Labour Party councillor in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

O'Toole then completed a PhD at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne
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, then became a lecturer in Government and Public Policy, first at the University of Bristol
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, then at Newcastle. At the European Parliament election, 1999, she was elected for the Labour Party in North East England
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 from third on the party list. She lost her seat in 2004, despite being moved up to second on the party list. O'Toole was on an all-woman shortlist to be the Labour candidate in the safe seat of Bishop Auckland
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 at the 2005 general election
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, but was not selected.
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