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Sir William Thomas Williams, QC (22 September 1915 – 28 February 1986) was a British Labour Co-operative politician.

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Williams was educated at University College, Cardiff and St Catherine's College, Oxford. He was President of the South Wales University Students' Union in 1939. He was a Baptist minister and a chaplain with the Royal Air Force for returned prisoners of war. He became a barrister, called to the bar by Lincoln's Inn, and a Queen's Counsel, and was bursar and a tutor at Manchester College, Oxford.

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Williams was Member of Parliament (MP) for Hammersmith South from a 1949 by-election to 1955, Baron's Court from 1955 to 1959, and Warrington from a 1961 by-election. Williams served as parliamentary private secretary to the Attorney-General from 1964. In 1969, Williams was appointed by the then-East Pakistan based Awami League, one of Bangladesh's main political factions since independence in 1971, to represent Pakistani and later-Bangladeshi politician Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the Agartala Conspiracy Case. The military junta of Gen. Ayub Khan did not allow Williams to represent Rahman, citing domestic security and interference in sovereign matters.

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A by-election for the constituency of Hammersmith South in the United Kingdom House of Commons was held on 24 February 1949, caused by the death of the incumbent Labour MP William Thomas Adams. The result was a hold for the Labour Party, with their candidate Thomas Williams.

Barons Court was a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1955 to 1974. It was represented by one Member of Parliament (MP), elected by the first-past-the-post system of election.

In 1981 Williams, who had continued working as a barrister throughout his time in Parliament, was appointed a circuit Judge. [1] [2] This appointment obliged him to vacate his seat and led to a by-election at which Roy Jenkins became the first Parliamentary candidate for the Social Democratic Party, although Labour narrowly retained the seat. Williams remains the last Member to vacate their seat for actual paid office. [3]

The Warrington by-election, 1981 was held on 16 July 1981.

Roy Jenkins British politician, historian and writer

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Social Democratic Party (UK) political party in the United Kingdom (1981-88)

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He was knighted in the 1976 New Year Honours.

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References

  1. Hansard 26 June 1981 Hansard
  2. Page 7603 of Issue 48630 - STATE INTELLIGENCE London Gazette
  3. HOC Factsheet on Chiltern Hundreds
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Thomas Adams
Member of Parliament for Hammersmith South
19491955
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Barons Court
19551959
Succeeded by
William Compton Carr
Preceded by
Edith Summerskill
Member of Parliament for Warrington
19611981
Succeeded by
Doug Hoyle