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.

Early life

Where was Davies born? What was his childhood like?

Entry into politics

How did Davies become interested in politics?

Attempts at election

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

Career as a miners' agent

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?

Election and Parliamentary career

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

Representation of Merthyr

How did Davies represent Merthyr at Parliament?

Later life

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

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.