Lady Olga Maitland (UK), President, Defense and Security Forum

Lady Olga Maitland (UK), President, Defense and Security Forum

President, Defense and Security Forum


The daughter of Patrick Maitland, 17th Earl of Lauderdale, she was educated at St. Mary and St. Anne's School, Abbots Bromley (today the Abbots Bromley School for Girls) and the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle in London.

Olga Maitland was a reporter for the Fleet Street News Agency, the Blackheath and District Reporter and a columnist in the London Sunday Express (1967–1991). In 1998 she became a contributor to the Daily Mail.

In 1983 she was founder and thereafter lady chairman of Families for Defense and from 1992 was president of the Defense & Security Forum.
At the 1987 general election, she was the conservative prospective Parliamentary Candidate at Bethnal Green and Stepney, but was unsuccessful. Lady Olga Maitland subsequently became member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam from 1992 to the 1997 General Election that swept the Conservative Party from government when she lost to liberal democrat Paul Burstow. She unsuccessfully fought the seat again in 2001. At Westminster Olga Maitland was a member of the Parliamentary Select Committees for Education, Health and Procedures, Northern Ireland, Defense & Foreign Affairs and was sometime secretary to the Conservative Backbench Committee. She was also a member of the Yugoslav Parliamentary Group. She promoted Private Members Bills in the House of Commons on Prisoner's Return to Custody (1995), and Offensive Weapons (1996) and in 1996-97 was parliamentary private secretary to The Rt. Hon. Sir John Wheeler, then Minister of State for Northern Ireland at the N.I.O..