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Photograph of Ellen Wilkinson and Jack Lawson

In this photograph Ellen Wilkinson (2nd from left) and Jack Lawson (5th from left) are pictured with Durham county MPs and George Lansbury (far left).

Ellen Wilkinson, MP for Middlesborough East (1924-1931) and Jarrow (1935-1947) was an active spokesperson for women's interests and issues, speaking passionately in favour of an equal franchise and equal pay.

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.