Jack Lawson (5th from left) and Ellen Wilkinson (2nd from left) with Durham county MPs and George Lansbury (far left)
Parliamentary Archives, PIC/P/328
Jack Lawson, later Baron Lawson of Beamish, was a trade unionist and MP for Chester-Le-Street between 1919 and 1949. In Parliament, he represented local concerns including unemployment and poverty. Lawson served in the governments of Ramsay MacDonald and Clement Attlee. He entered the House of Lords as Baron Lawson of Beamish in 1950. This section explores his life and career as a Parliamentarian.