Co. Durham miner, politician and active member of the Methodist New Connexion/United Methodist Church, he was born on 3 October 1882. An active trade union official, he stood unsuccessfully for Labour at Blaydon in 1918 but took the seat in 1924 and held it until he lost it in 1931; retaking the seat in 1935 he continued to represent the constituency until his death on 3 November 1955. He was President of the Durham Miners' Homes, 1927-1955, was Labour Chief Whip in the Commons from 1942, appointed a privy councillor in 1943, and from 1945 to1941, was Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury. He died on 3 November 1955.

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