Thomas Urwin (politician)

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Thomas William Urwin (9 June 1912 – 14 December 1985) was a British Labour Party politician.

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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.

Urwin worked as a trade union organiser and was divisional secretary of the Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers. He served as a councillor on Houghton-le-Spring Urban District Council, latterly as chairman from 1954 until 1955. [1]

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 organisation, 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 Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers (AUBTW) was a British trade union.

Houghton-le-Spring town in the City of Sunderland in the county of Tyne and Wear, England

Houghton-le-Spring is a town in North East England, which has its recorded origins in Norman times. Historically in County Durham, it is now administered as part of the local government district of the City of Sunderland, in Tyne and Wear. It is situated almost equidistant between the cathedral city of Durham 7 miles southwest and Sunderland about 7 mi (11 km) northeast. The town of Seaham and the North Sea lie about 5 mi (8 km) directly east. The villages and towns of Newbottle, Fencehouses and Hetton-le-Hole lie nearby. It has a population of 36,746.

Urwin was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Houghton-le-Spring from 1964 to 1983. He was a minister for Economic Affairs from 1968 to 1969, and for Local Government and Regional Planning from 1969 to 1970. [2]

Houghton-le-Spring (UK Parliament constituency) former UK Parliament constituency

Houghton-le-Spring was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1885 to 1983.

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  2. Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1966 & 1979
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Billy Blyton
Member of Parliament for Houghton-le-Spring
Constituency abolished
(see Houghton & Washington)