Cairns, John

Born the son of a coal miner at Choppington, he also went down the pit and was a Primitive Methodist local preacher from an early age. Active in the Northumberland Miners Association. He was elected the full-time Financial Secretary, served on the Northumberland Coal Trade Joint Committee, and was President of the Northumberland Aged Mine Workers’ Homes. In 1918 he succeeded Burt, Thomas, MPThomas Burt as Member for Morpeth and continued to represent it for Labour until his death on 23 May 1923.

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