Thomas Scollan

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Thomas Scollan (1884 [1] – 28 October 1974 [2] ) was a Scottish trade unionist and Labour Party politician.

Scottish people ethnic inhabitants of Scotland

The Scottish people or Scots, are a nation and Celtic ethnic group native to Scotland. Historically, they emerged from an amalgamation of two Celtic-speaking peoples, the Picts and Gaels, who founded the Kingdom of Scotland in the 9th century. Later, the neighbouring Celtic-speaking Cumbrians, as well as Germanic-speaking Anglo-Saxons and Norse, were incorporated into the Scottish nation.

A trade union is an association of workers forming a legal unit or legal personhood, usually called a "bargaining unit", which acts as bargaining agent and legal representative for a unit of employees in all matters of law or right arising from or in the administration of a collective agreement. Labour unions typically fund the formal organization, head office, and legal team functions of the labour union through regular fees or union dues. The delegate staff of the labour union representation in the workforce are made up of workplace volunteers who are appointed by members in democratic elections.

The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom that has been described as an alliance of social democrats, democratic socialists and trade unionists. The party's platform emphasises greater state intervention, social justice and strengthening workers' rights.

Scollan was an engineer, and an organiser for the National Union of Distributive Workers. [2] He was President of the Scottish Trades Union Congress in 1934. [2]

Scottish Trades Union Congress

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is the national trade union centre in Scotland. With 39 affiliated unions as of 2007, the STUC represents around 630,000 trade unionists.

He was elected at the 1945 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Western Renfrewshire, [3] defeating the sitting Unionist MP Henry Scrymgeour-Wedderburn. Scollan served only one term in Parliament, losing his seat at the 1950 general election to the National Liberal candidate John Scott Maclay. [4]

1945 United Kingdom general election

The 1945 United Kingdom general election was held on 5 July 1945, with polls in some constituencies delayed until 12 July and in Nelson and Colne until 19 July, because of local wakes weeks. The results were counted and declared on 26 July, to allow time to transport the votes of those serving overseas.

West Renfrewshire (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1997-2005

West Renfrewshire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1885 to 1983 and again from 1997 until 2005. In 2005 the constituency was abolished and the area is now represented by Inverclyde, Paisley and Renfrewshire North and Paisley and Renfrewshire South.

The Unionist Party was the main centre-right political party in Scotland between 1912 and 1965.

He died on 28 October 1974. [5]

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References

  1. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 1)
  2. 1 2 3 Stenton, Michael; Lees, Stephens (1981). Who's Who of British Members of Parliament: Volume IV, 1945–1979. Brighton: The Harvester Press. p. 328. ISBN   0-85527-335-6.
  3. "No. 37238". The London Gazette . 24 August 1945. p. 4296.
  4. "UK General Election results February 1950". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  5. "Mr Thomas Scollan". The Glasgow Herald . 29 October 1974. p. 3. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Scrymgeour-Wedderburn
Member of Parliament for Western Renfrewshire
19451950
Succeeded by
John Scott Maclay