Thomas Richardson (Labour politician)

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Thomas Richardson (6 June 1868 – 22 October 1928) [1] was a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Whitehaven, in Cumberland, from 1910 to 1918.

Thomas Richardson was the first born of Robert Richardson and his wife Margaret and was named for his grandfather who died shortly before he was born. His father worked as a coal miner and the family had lived at Usworth Colliery. Thomas began working as a coal miner as well. In 1885 his father died in an explosion in the Usworth pit which had claimed forty one other men. At the age of 20 Thomas Richardson married his wife Mary Ellinor Purvis. They had four children. He interest in politics was motivated by his desire to improve conditions for coal miners. [2]

Richardson was an active member of the Independent Labour Party, and its leading member in Whitehaven. His brother William was also active in the party, and later became Treasurer of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain. [3]

He was elected as Whitehaven's first Labour MP at the December 1910 general election. A Labour candidate had stood unsuccessfully in January 1910 general election, but Richardson was assisted by the absence of a Liberal party candidate. [4]

At the 1918 election, he did not stand again in Whitehaven, but stood in Bosworth in Leicestershire, where he was not elected, winning only 33% of the vote in a two-way contest. [5]

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References

  1. "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "W" (part 3)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Archived from the original on 10 August 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2009.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. "Councillor Thomas Richardson". Washington Class. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  3. David Howell, British workers and the Independent Labour Party, p.47
  4. Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 208. ISBN   0-900178-27-2.
  5. Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 410. ISBN   0-900178-06-X.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Arthur Jackson
Member of Parliament for Whitehaven
Dec. 19101918
Succeeded by
James Augustus Grant
Party political offices
Preceded by
New position
North East Division representative on the Independent Labour Party National Administrative Council
1906–1907
Succeeded by
William Wood