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The life and career of S. O. Davies

S.O Davies (bottom row, second from right) with members of the Welsh Labour Party, 1950

Parliamentary Archives, PUD/18/214

Who was S.O Davies?

Stephen Owen Davies (best known as S.O Davies) was a Welsh labour politician and trade unionist. His long life was marked by nearly forty years as Member of Parliament for Merthyr Tydfil (1934-1972), eighteen years as a local councillor (1931-1949), a year as mayor of Merthyr (1945-46), and decades involved in the upper echelons of the South Wales Miners' Federation – including as Vice President (1924-1933). His was a long life of public service both to the people of Merthyr and to the people of Wales.

From the Parliamentary collections
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What materials relating to S.O Davies' life and career exist in the Parliamentary Archives?

Entry into politics
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How did Davies become interested in politics?

Later life
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What did Davies achieve in his later life? How did his relationship with the Labour party evolve and change?

Career as a miners' agent
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How did Davies become involved with unions and the South Wales Miners' Federation? What is a miners' agent? What work did he do as an agent?

Attempts at election
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How was Davies involved with the Independent Labour Party? What were his first attempts at election?

Representation of Merthyr
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How did Davies represent Merthyr at Parliament?

Election and Parliamentary career
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When was S.O Davies elected to Parliament? What issues was he concerned with at Parliament? How was he perceived by other politicians?

Early life
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Where was Davies born? What was his childhood like?

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