Alfred Short

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Alfred Short

Alfred Short (1882 – 24 August 1938, London) was a British trades unionist and Labour politician, Member of Parliament (MP) for Wednesbury from 1918 to 1931, and for Doncaster from 1935 until 1938.

Alfred Short began his working life apprenticed to a boiler-maker at 5s. a week. He rose to become Secretary of the Sheffield Branch of the Boiler-Makers' Society from 1911 to 1919, and serve on Sheffield City Council from 1913 to 1919.[1] He was also Secretary of the National Union of Docks, Wharves and Shipping Staffs.[2] Elected an MP in 1918, Short continued other political activity: in 1922 he was chairman of the Management Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions, and he was called to the Bar from Gray's Inn in 1923. He was Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department from 1929 to 1931. From 1931 to 1935, when he was out of the House of Commons, he worked for the Transport and General Workers' Union.[1]


  1. ^ a b 'Mr. A Short, M.P.', The Times, 25 August 1938
  2. ^ Debrett's House of Commons, 1922, p. 146

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Norton-Griffiths
Member of Parliament for Wednesbury
Succeeded by
Viscount Ednam
Preceded by
Hugh Molson
Member of Parliament for Doncaster
Succeeded by
John Morgan
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Vivian Henderson
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
Succeeded by
Hon. Oliver Stanley