Jack Lawson

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.

Early life

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Involvement with trade unions

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Election to Parliament and early career

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Later Parliamentary career

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Related information

The De Montfort Project is an outreach project run by the Parliamentary Archives which explores the life and impact of local MPs and Peers on both their local area and at Parliament.

Related information

Biographies of Ellen Wilkinson, Jack Lawson, Earl Grey and Joseph Cowen can be found on the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.