Batey, Joseph

Son of a coal miner born 4 March 1867, he became a Labour politician and a Primitive Methodist adherent. A full-time official of the Durham Miners Association, he served on the South Shields Town Council and Board of Guardians. He failed to win Spennymoor in 1918 but gained the seat in 1922 and so continued until 1942, when he resigned from the Commons on health grounds. He died on 21 April 1949.

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