William Wilson (Westhoughton MP)

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William Wilson
William Tyson Wilson MP 1906.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Westhoughton
In office
12 January 1906 14 August 1921
Preceded by Edward Stanley
Succeeded by Rhys Davies
Personal details
Died(1921-08-14)14 August 1921
Political party Labour

William Tyson Wilson (1855 – 14 August 1921) was a British trade unionist and Labour politician.

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Tyson was born in Westmorland, moving to Bolton, Lancashire, in 1889. [1] He was a carpenter, and joined the Bolton branch of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners. He was a member of the executive or general council of the union on several occasions from 1893, and was chairman of the general council in 1910. [2]

Westmorland historic county in England

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Bolton town in Greater Manchester, in the North West of England

Bolton is a town in Greater Manchester in North West England. A former mill town, Bolton has been a production centre for textiles since Flemish weavers settled in the area in the 14th century, introducing a wool and cotton-weaving tradition. The urbanisation and development of the town largely coincided with the introduction of textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution. Bolton was a 19th-century boomtown, and at its zenith in 1929 its 216 cotton mills and 26 bleaching and dyeing works made it one of the largest and most productive centres of cotton spinning in the world. The British cotton industry declined sharply after the First World War, and by the 1980s cotton manufacture had virtually ceased in Bolton.

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At the 1906 general election Wilson was one of 29 successful Labour Representation Committee candidates, being elected MP for Westhoughton. On 22 February 1906 he introduced a private member's bill seeking to amend the Education Acts and create a statutory school meals service. The bill received the support of the government and was enacted as the Education (Provision of Meals) Act 1906. [3]

1906 United Kingdom general election

The 1906 United Kingdom general election was held from 12 January to 8 February 1906.

A member of parliament (MP) is the representative of the voters to a parliament. In many countries with bicameral parliaments, this category includes specifically members of the lower house, as upper houses often have a different title. Member of Congress is an equivalent term in other jurisdictions.

Westhoughton was a parliamentary constituency in Lancashire, England. Centred on the former mining and cotton town of Westhoughton, it returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

He was made a whip in 1915, and was promoted to chief whip in 1919, when the Labour Party became the official opposition. [4]

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W T Wilson died suddenly of a cerebral haemmorhage on a Bolton street on Sunday, 14 August 1921. [1] [5]

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  1. 1 2 'Labour MP's sudden death', The Times, 17 August 1921, p.10
  2. "Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers including the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners". Trade Union Ancestors. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  3. L Andrews, The School Meals Service, in British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 20, No. 1 (February 1972), pp. 70–75
  4. 'Labour As Official Opposition', The Times, 8 January 1919, p.7
  5. 'The Late Mr Tyson Wilson M.P.', The Times, 17 August 1921, p. 6
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Stanley
Member of Parliament for Westhoughton
Succeeded by
Rhys Davies