S. O. Davies

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During the last ten years we have seen collieries close down, we have seen great iron and steel works which have figured so magnificently in the iron and steel industry close down, and no concrete assistance has been forthcoming from the Government ... No step whatsoever has been taken to try to modernise the technique of those ironworks and collieries, no effort has been made to establish other industries in those areas.

S. O. Davies, House of Commons, 21 June 1934. [30]

Davies gave his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 21 June 1934. Breaking with the tradition that such speeches should be non-partisan, [31] he delivered a fierce attack on the government's policy towards the mining industry. He had come, he said, from a coalfield that "has had very little help from the present government ... we see communities with a great industrial history dissolving and disintegrating". [30] An uncompromising approach on any questions affecting Merthyr Tydfil, or the mining industry generally, became Davies's parliamentary hallmark. In December 1934, he rebuked the Conservative MP Nancy Astor when she referred to Merthyr as having "no social consciousness or initiative to do anything". [32] Davies replied: "I object to irresponsible and brutal charges coming from people whose knowledge is derived from the enjoyment of vast wealth, especially when I am not certain that they have made their contribution towards producing that wealth". [33]

In 1934, two years after his wife Margaret's death from cancer, Davies married Sephora Davies, a schoolteacher from Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen in Carmarthenshire who shared Davies's political outlook. [34] The couple lived at Gwynfryn Park Terrace in Merthyr Tydfil, and had two sons. [2] In November 1936, having been returned in the 1935 general election with an increased majority, [35] Davies ridiculed the prime minister, Stanley Baldwin, for his refusal to meet a delegation from the National Unemployed Workers' Movement's 1936 Hunger March, which included a large contingent from South Wales: "A bigger man would meet these people who have tramped the roads of this country and would show that he had sympathy with them". [36] In 1938, having modified his earlier position, Davies supported a bill introduced by the Labour opposition for the nationalisation of the coal industry. Miners worked, he said, in intolerable conditions to ensure that cheap raw material was available to industry. Reasonable wages and working conditions would never be granted by private coal-owners. The bill was defeated. [37]

As Europe moved towards war in the late 1930s, Davies opposed the appeasement policies of the Chamberlain government. He doubted the will of the British ruling classes to wage a determined war against fascism, and called for a workers' "Popular Front" of resistance to the dictators. [38] After the outbreak of war in September 1939, Davies demanded from the British government "a more specific and detailed statement" of war aims, to allay "suspicions ... as to the real and possibly as yet unstated war aims of this country and of France". [39] He criticised Labour's decision in May 1940 to join Churchill's wartime coalition government, and thereafter opposed many of the coalition's domestic policies, such as indiscriminate internment of aliens, restrictions on industrial action, and the suppression of the communist newspaper the Daily Worker . [38] The bitterness of Davies's personal attack on Herbert Morrison, the Home Secretary who had authorised the paper's closure, shocked even the British Communist Party's general secretary, Harry Pollitt, who cautioned Davies that "personal abuse has been our stock-in-trade for twenty years and has got us nowhere". [40]

Unlike the British communists, Davies did not change his position when the Soviet Union entered the war in June 1941. He continued to oppose all co-operation with the Conservatives, believing that only through socialism could a just and lasting peace be achieved. [38] Victory in 1945, and the subsequent election of a Labour government, did little to affect Davies's individualism. [2] In the Labour years 1945–51, he opposed government policies on conscription, NATO, the development of nuclear weapons, and intervention in the Korean War. According to his biographer Robert Griffiths, it was hatred of capitalist militarism, rather than a wish to support the Soviet Union, that underlay Davies's stances. [41] His popularity in South Wales was unaffected: he was returned to parliament in each postwar election with large majorities. [n 7] In 1945–46, he served as Merthyr Tydfil's mayor, remaining on the local council until 1949. [18]

Labour rebel

In assessing Davies's political career, the historian Alun Morgan notes certain inconsistencies: while calling for unity among leftist factions, Davies frequently rebelled against agreed Labour Party policies. He championed democracy, individual liberty and the rights of small nations, yet gave the Soviet Union his unvarying and uncritical support. However, he was consistent in certain core areas, often in defiance of official Labour policy: unremitting hostility to US foreign policy, opposition to the party's post-war defence policies (specifically on issues concerning American bases in Britain, rearmament in West Germany, and development of the Polaris submarine programme), and above all commitment to the needs and interests of his Merthyr constituents. His dedication to his own agenda brought him into frequent conflict with party managers, and led to withdrawals of the party whip throughout the 1950s and 1960s. [2] [44] Stating his position in a 1948 letter to the Labour Party general secretary Morgan Phillips, he wrote: "Our movement embraces millions of men and women, and not merely a few hundred MPs and a few dozen ... members of the National Executive. I am habitually inclined to give our millions my first thoughts and consideration." [45] Davies's popularity with the voters of Merthyr Tydfil remained constant; he secured 75 per cent or more of the vote in each of the general elections of 1955, 1959, 1964 and 1966. [43] [46] [n 8]

In December 1951, Sephora Davies was expelled from the Labour Party because of her close association with a proscribed organisation, the British-Soviet Friendship Society. Davies's deep roots in the Labour movement, and his large base of local support, saved him from a similar fate. [45] In June 1953, he was attacked by Will Lawther, the NUM president, for defying the Labour Party's position and supporting the Soviet claim that a workers' rising in East Germany had been orchestrated by "a CIA-sponsored West-German pro-fascist organisation". [47] Lawther demanded that the local Merthyr Tydfil party deselect Davies as their parliamentary candidate, but they stood firm. [47]

We [the Welsh] have no quarrel with any people or nation in this world ... We can feel no enmity against any other people or nation, whatever their colour, creed or religion ... The heart of our hospitable country goes out to those who are struggling against tyranny and against obstruction, because we know that obstruction has been placed in the way of this little country to which I am proud to belong.

S. O. Davies, House of Commons, 22 January 1953. [48]

Davies found himself again at odds with his party, over the issue of Welsh self-government. He had championed this cause for many years, to the annoyance of Labour's Welsh Regional Council. [49] In May 1954, he offered proposals for a Welsh parliament that were rejected by the Regional Council and by the South Wales Area conference of the NUM. [50] Davies persevered, and on 4 March 1955 introduced in the House of Commons a private member's bill proposing self-government for Wales on the basis of the aborted 1914 act that would have granted home rule to Ireland. [51] Davies claimed to have received thousands of messages of support for his measure, from all parts of Wales, but in the House he could only muster 14 votes in favour. [52] Undeterred, he told MPs: "There is a movement in Wales, an uprising, as it were, that will not only support the bill but will continue to insist upon it until Wales is represented in the United Kingdom as something more than a mere region." [53]

According to Griffiths, when Soviet troops suppressed the Hungarian uprising in October 1956, Davies was troubled, but refused to join in the general censure lest this give comfort to the enemies of socialism. He was to be equally silent during and after the events of the Prague Spring of 1968 [54] —in sharp contrast to his condemnation of the "criminally dangerous and irresponsible heroics" of the United States during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. [55] In 1961, at the request of the Labour Party leadership, Davies was one of 25 Labour MPs and party members investigated by the British security services as a possible Communist Party member. The MI5 report stated that there was evidence to indicate that Davies, "if not of the Party ... is at least very close to it indeed". [56]


Davies's Merthyr constituency included the mining village of Aberfan, situated a few miles south of Merthyr Tydfil. On the mountainsides above the village, colliery waste had been dumped over the years to form large spoil tips. Shortly after 9:00 am, on Friday 21 October 1966, one of these tips collapsed, sending thousands of tons of semi-liquid waste hurtling towards Aberfan. The point of impact was Pantglas Junior School, where morning lessons were beginning. The school was half buried; inside, 109 children and 5 teachers were killed. A further 7 children and 23 adults lost their lives outside the school, in the streets or adjoining houses. [57] In the immediate aftermath, Davies visited and consoled the bereaved families in Aberfan, and the following day he led a party which included the Duke of Edinburgh on a tour of the disaster site. [58]

The spoil tips above Aberfan, photographed two years after the disaster Aberfan and old coal tips - geograph.org.uk - 673825.jpg
The spoil tips above Aberfan, photographed two years after the disaster

On 24 October, the National Coal Board [n 9] chairman Lord Robens stated that the cause of the landslip was a previously unknown spring, which had been pouring water into the centre of the tip, creating a "water bomb". [60] Local miners disagreed; they said that the spring's existence had been known when tipping began 20 years earlier. [61] A tribunal was set up under Lord Justice Edmund Davies, to investigate the disaster. [58]

Giving evidence to the tribunal, S. O. Davies said he had long suspected that the Aberfan tips were unstable, but had kept quiet for fear that if tipping was stopped on the mountainside the Coal Board would close the colliery. [62] [63] Davies added: "But if I had been asked to do so, I would have done it". [62] His testimony was strongly challenged by the NUM, whose counsel Brian Gibbens QC said that "[i]f Mr Davies is to be accepted as truthful and accurate in his recollection ... then he bears what must be one of the largest personal burdens of responsibility for the disaster". [64] However, Gibbens found it incredible that a man in Davies's unique local position of authority and influence would not have mentioned his fears to any of the formal bodies—borough council, Coal Board, union or local Labour Party: "If anyone could have exercised influence to overcome an obdurate or ignorant monolith like the Coal Board, [Davies] was well placed to do so." [64] Gibbens submitted that Davies's testimony should be rejected, on the grounds that he "never appreciated what in fact was the import of his words". [64] The tribunal concurred, accepting that Davies had not fully understood the gravity of his admission, and adding that had they been convinced otherwise, he could not have escaped censure. [64] The tribunal's findings, published in July 1967, placed responsibility for the disaster firmly on the National Coal Board, specifically on the absence of any tipping policy. [65] [n 10]

Later career

Rift with Labour

In December 1966, Davies introduced a bill to the House of Commons, to provide more generous compensation to miners suffering from dust-related diseases. [67] The bill was accepted by Harold Wilson's Labour government, and became law in 1967. [68] This was one of the few instances during this period in which Davies and the Labour government worked together. Following the Coal Board's refusal to meet the full cost of removing the remaining Aberfan tips, [69] Wilson proposed that part of the required £750,000 be met by the disaster fund set up to help the people of Aberfan rebuild their community. Davies was outraged; he told Wilson: "I have never known a prime minister to behave so disgracefully in all my 34 years in the House of Commons". [70] [n 11] Subsequently, Davies opposed the 1969 decision of Merthyr Tydfil Council to award Wilson the freedom of the borough, stating that he would boycott the ceremony. [71]

While many constituents supported Davies in his frequent attacks on government policies, the local Labour Party became increasingly concerned by his activities. By the late 1960s, many of them were from a younger generation, with no experience of the shared hardships of the 1920s and 1930s, and with a less parochial mindset. [72] They were angered by what they perceived as Davies's disloyalty to the Wilson government, elected in 1964 after thirteen years of opposition, and his penchant for following his own agenda. There was also the question of his age; in 1970, he was supposedly 83, but rumours that he was older were widespread. [73] By March 1970, the local party discussed replacing Davies as their candidate at the next general election, citing his age, rather than policy disagreements. The National Executive of the party sanctioned this action, and at a special meeting on 10 May, which Davies declined to attend, he was formally deselected. [74]

1970 election

I am still the member of Parliament. Let the people of Merthyr decide whether they want S. O. or not. I have been the member for 36 years and I've always made Merthyr my absolute priority. Party interests have been secondary[.]

Davies following his deselection, May 1970. [75]

Davies reacted to his deselection by announcing that the people of Merthyr, not the local Labour Party, would decide his future. If physically fit he would contest the next election as an Independent Socialist. [76] Friends advised him not to risk humiliation; no deselected candidate in recent times had won election against the party machine, and Davies would, they predicted, get no more than 1,000 votes. [77] Within a few days of the deselection meeting, Wilson called a snap general election, which gave the Merthyr party little time to find their new candidate. They chose Tal Lloyd, an Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) official, a long-serving councillor and a former mayor, on the moderate wing of the Labour Party, and a strong supporter of Wilson. [78]

With no party organisation and only his own financial resources, Davies's campaign was, initially, very low-key. His election literature was a single sheet with the message "You Know Me, I've Never Let You Down". [79] As polling day approached, however, it was clear that he was gathering support, particularly among the young—a great irony, Alun Morgan observes, for a man sacked on the grounds of his age. [80] In the final week before polling day on 18 June, Davies's youthful supporters toured the constituency with songs, slogans and cheerleaders in what Griffiths describes as "the most colourful election bandwaggon seen in Merthyr for 40 years". [81] The official Labour campaign stalled, as Lloyd became embroiled in a row over his role in the failure of the AEU to support an unofficial strike at the local Hoover factory. [82] On polling day, amid scenes of jubilation, Davies was returned with a majority of 7,467 over Lloyd. [83] Davies responded to his victory by thanking the voters whom, he said, he had never thought for a moment would let him down. [81] Two weeks later, Davies and his principal campaign workers were expelled from the Labour Party for opposing its official candidate. The national leadership refused his request for an official inquiry into the actions of the Merthyr party, in the selection process and during the election itself. [84]

Final years and death

Despite his expulsion, in July 1970 the Labour-controlled Merthyr council offered Davies the freedom of the borough, an honour which he politely declined; the confidence of the people recently shown him was, he said, enough. [85] He resumed his place in parliament, on the opposition benches, as Labour had unexpectedly lost the election to Edward Heath's Conservatives. [86] Despite some ill-feeling, Davies was not ostracised by his erstwhile colleagues, and was unofficially briefed by the party. [27] He limited his Commons appearances and rarely spoke in debates, generally preferring to serve his constituents from home. [85] On the major national issue of the 1970–74 parliament—Heath's renewed bid for Britain's membership of the European Economic Community (EEC)—Davies voiced uncompromising opposition. In a letter to the South Wales Echo on 9 August 1971, he challenged the government's claim that "our security has been bound up with our European neighbours for over a thousand years", pointing out Britain's involvement in numerous European wars, "including the Hitler war when British security meant co-operation with Russia". [87]

On 22 February 1972, Davies attended parliament to vote against the government on an EEC-related motion. [88] He returned to Merthyr suffering from a chest infection, took to his bed on 24 February, and the following day was transferred to Merthyr General Hospital where he died later that day. [89] His funeral was held at Soar-Ynysgau chapel, Merthyr on 29 February, followed by burial at the Maes-Yr-Arian Cemetery at nearby Mountain Ash. Griffiths records: "It was indicative of [Davies's] breadth of vision that the ceremony attracted socialists, communists, Welsh nationalists, republicans, and many of no political creed at all". [90] In the April by-election to fill the vacancy caused by Davies's death, the Labour candidate, Ted Rowlands, won the seat with a narrow majority over Plaid Cymru. [91]


According to a BBC correspondent, Davies "looked as if he belonged to a different age, in his parliamentary 'uniform' of Homburg hat, silk scarf, black jacket and pin-striped trousers". [27] Two close Merthyr friends who had followed him out of the Labour Party described him as "[a] tall man who walked tall and never bowed to anyone, but treated everyone alike." [92] His obituarist in The Times referred to his deceptively mild outward demeanour, "but underneath, fires were forever smouldering". [93]

Many of the tributes paid to Davies after his death acknowledged his commitment to Merthyr and the mining communities of the Welsh valleys, for which he was an unfailing advocate. [94] The mayor of Merthyr remarked that he was "an individualist who followed the teaching of 'Love thy neighbour as thyself'. He was highly respected by all, even by those who didn't agree with him". [95] His parliamentary colleague and fellow mineworker Jim Griffiths, who had shared with Davies the leadership of the South Wales miners after the 1926 general strike, thought that had Davies cultivated an ability for compromise, he would have achieved ministerial office. But "he always was a lone figure ... and seemed to like being in isolation." [96]

In April 2013, a heritage plaque in Davies's honour was unveiled at Penydarren Park, Merthyr Tydfil. [97] On 5 August 2015, as part of the De Montfort Project celebrating the 750th anniversary of Simon de Montfort's parliament, Davies's parliamentary work was recognised in special events at Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil. [98]

The Revd Islwyn Jones, who conducted Davies's funeral service, said: "He had a great love for man, he believed with the Psalmist that 'The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof', and it was these words, sinking deep into his heart, which made him 'take up the cudgels for the common man'". [99]

Notes and references


  1. In his biography of Davies, Robert Griffiths records that, when registering at University College, Cardiff in 1908, Davies gave his date of birth as 27 November 1883. [1] For the National Registration Act 1939, he gave his birth date as 27 November 1886, at 135 Kings Avenue, Wandsworth. [5] His Dictionary of Welsh Biography entry states that "[a]ccording to the 1891 census, he was nine years of age at that time", which suggests 1881 or 1882 as his true birth year. [2]
  2. The minimum school leaving age in the UK increased from 12 to 14 in 1918, to 15 in 1947 and 16 in 1972. [9]
  3. In his 1907 treatise The New Theology, Campbell defined the "new theology" as "spiritual socialism". [11]
  4. In April 1926, Davies had been chosen as the Labour candidate for the Flintshire constituency, in North Wales. The aftermath of the General Strike convinced him that he should remain in the South Wales coalfields. [23]
  5. From 1898 until his death in 1915 the Labour pioneer Keir Hardie was one of Merthyr Tydfil's MPs (it was a two-member constituency until 1918) [24]
  6. The ILP had been one of the founding elements of the Labour Party. From the late 1920s the ILP's confrontational approach clashed increasingly with the Labour Party's more cautious constitutionalism, leading to the former's disaffiliation from Labour in 1932. [26]
  7. In the 1945 general election Davies's majority rose to 19,186; [42] it increased to 22,916 in 1950 and fell back slightly, to 21,436 in 1951. [43]
  8. Davies's general election majorities were; 1955, 18,082; 1959, 18,723; 1964, 18,508; 1966, 17,655. [43] [46]
  9. The UK coal industry had been removed from private ownership and nationalised in 1946, with control vested in an appointed National Coal Board. [59]
  10. A later study of the disaster found it remarkable that "nobody [at the Board] was prosecuted, dismissed, or demoted, and that Lord Robens's offer to resign as chairman ... was rejected". [66]
  11. Ultimately, the disaster fund agreed to pay £150,000, a decision that prompted Davies to resign from the fund's committee. [71] In June 1997, the incoming Labour government under Tony Blair repaid the amount to the still-extant disaster fund. [66]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Griffiths 1983, p. 22.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Graham Jones 2008.
  3. Davies, Stephen Owen (Who was Who).
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 K. Davies 2004.
  5. "ancestry.co.uk" .[ full citation needed ]
  6. 1 2 Griffiths 1983, p. 11.
  7. Griffiths 1983, pp. 12–17.
  8. Living Heritage: Entry into politics.
  9. Bolton 2012, p. 3.
  10. 1 2 Living Heritage: Early life in mining communities.
  11. Campbell 1907, p. 14.
  12. 1 2 Living Heritage: Early attempts at election to Parliament.
  13. A Candidate from Tumble, 4 December 1913.
  14. Griffiths 2012, p. 8.
  15. Living Heritage: Career as a miners' agent.
  16. "Davies, Stephen O. / Eley / Cardiff 11a 850"; "Eley, Elizabeth M. / Davies / Cardiff 11a 850" in Civil Registration of Marriages in England and Wales (1919, 3rd quarter), ancestry.com, accessed 9 January 2021 (subscription required)
  17. Morgan 1978, p. 62.
  18. 1 2 S. O. Davies Swansea University archive.
  19. Griffiths 1983, pp. 72–80.
  20. Griffiths 1983, pp. 84–86.
  21. Griffiths 2012, p. 20.
  22. Wallhead, Richard Collingham (Who was Who).
  23. 1 2 Griffiths 1983, p. 93.
  24. Morgan 2011.
  25. 1 2 3 Merthyr Polling Today, 5 June 1934.
  26. Byers 2002.
  27. 1 2 3 Rebel history lesson for new MP, 9 May 2005.
  28. Cohen 2007, p. 66.
  29. Cohen 2007, p. 67.
  30. 1 2 Commons debate 21 June 1934, cc608–09.
  31. Priddy 2016.
  32. Commons debate 13 December 1934, c624.
  33. Commons debate 13 December 1934, cc656–58.
  34. Griffiths 1983, pp. 203–204.
  35. Griffiths 1983, p. 109.
  36. Commons debate 11 November 1936, c997.
  37. Commons debate 4 February 1938, cc616–19, 637.
  38. 1 2 3 Griffiths 2012, pp. 9–10.
  39. Commons debate 12 October 1939, cc648–49.
  40. Griffiths 2012, p. 19.
  41. Griffiths 2012, p. 11.
  42. Griffiths 1983, p. 116.
  43. 1 2 3 Mitchell and Boehm 1966, p. 91.
  44. Morgan 1978, p. 63.
  45. 1 2 Griffiths 2012, pp. 21–22.
  46. 1 2 Griffiths 1983, p. 256.
  47. 1 2 Berger & LaPorte 2010, p. 70.
  48. Commons debate 22 January 1953, c499.
  49. Griffiths 1983, p. 171.
  50. Griffiths 1983, pp. 179–81.
  51. Living Heritage: Election and Parliamentary career.
  52. Commons debate 4 March 1955, c2527.
  53. Commons debate 4 March 1955, cc2440–41.
  54. Griffiths 2012, pp. 7–8.
  55. Morgan 1978, p. 64.
  56. Griffiths 2012, p. 21.
  57. Tribunal Report 19 July 1967, para. 49.
  58. 1 2 Griffiths 1983, p. 272.
  59. Coal Industry Nationalisation Act 1946.
  60. Frost 24 October 1966, p. 1.
  61. Frost 26 October 1966, p. 3.
  62. 1 2 Tribunal Report 19 July 1967, para. 61.
  63. Griffiths 1983, p. 274.
  64. 1 2 3 4 Tribunal Report 19 July 1967, para. 62.
  65. Edmund Davies 1967, p. 131.
  66. 1 2 McLean et al. 1999.
  67. Commons debate 17 March 1967, c861.
  68. Griffiths 1983, pp. 267–68.
  69. Perrott 21 July 1968, p. 3.
  70. Griffiths 1983, pp. 278–79 (quoted from The Western Mail, 14 September 1968).
  71. 1 2 Griffiths 1983, p. 279.
  72. Morgan 1978, p. 65.
  73. Morgan 1978, pp. 67–68.
  74. Griffiths 1983, pp. 283–84.
  75. Morgan 1978, p. 68 (quoting from the Merthyr Express, 10 May 1970).
  76. Griffiths 1983, pp. 284–85.
  77. Morgan 1978, p. 68.
  78. Morgan 1978, pp. 69–70.
  79. Morgan 1978, pp. 73–74.
  80. Morgan 1978, p. 75.
  81. 1 2 Griffiths 1983, p. 289.
  82. Griffiths 1983, p. 287.
  83. Morgan 1978, p. 77.
  84. Griffiths 1983, pp. 290–91.
  85. 1 2 Griffiths 1983, pp. 291–92.
  86. Heath's surprise victory 1970.
  87. Griffiths 1983, p. 293 (quoting from the South Wales Echo, 9 August 1971).
  88. Commons debate 22 February 1972, cc1233–34.
  89. Griffiths 1983, p. 295.
  90. Griffiths 1983, pp. 298–99.
  91. Merthyr Shocks Labour, 15 April 1972.
  92. Griffiths 1983, p. 297 (quoting from the Merthyr Express, 3 February 1972).
  93. Griffiths 1983, p. 296 (quoting from The Times, 26 February 1972).
  94. Griffiths 1983, p. 296 (quoting from the Merthyr Express, 3 February 1972).
  95. Merthyr Mourns its Loss, 3 February 1972.
  96. Griffiths 1983, p. 298 (quoting from the Merthyr Express, 3 February 1972).
  97. Heritage Plaques Unveiled, 4 April 2013.
  98. Glamorgan Archives host talk on Merthyr MP S. O. Davies, 30 July 2015.
  99. Griffiths 1983, p. 299.


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S. O. Davies
S.O. Davies portrait 1490010.jpg
S. O. Davies in 1955
Member of Parliament
for Merthyr Tydfil
(Merthyr 1934–1950)
In office
5 June 1934 25 February 1972
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Merthyr
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Merthyr Tydfil
Succeeded by
Trade union offices
Preceded by Agent for the Dowlais District of the South Wales Miners' Federation
Succeeded by
Noah Ablett
Owen Powell
Preceded by Vice-President of the South Wales Miners' Federation
Succeeded by
Preceded by Vice-President of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain
Succeeded by

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Sir Alun Talfan Davies was a Welsh judge, publisher and Liberal politician.

The 1888 Mid Lanarkshire by-election was a parliamentary by-election held on 27 April 1888 for the House of Commons constituency of Mid Lanarkshire in Scotland.

The 1915 Merthyr Tydfil by-election was a parliamentary by-election held on 25 November 1915 for the British House of Commons constituency of Merthyr Tydfil in Glamorganshire, Wales.

James Winstone was a British trade unionist

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Enoch Morrell</span>

Enoch Morrell was a Welsh trade unionist and politician.

John Davies was a Welsh politician and trade unionist, who served as Mayor of Merthyr.