He was born in County Antrim.
Delargy was Member of Parliament for Manchester Platting from 1945 to 1950, and for Thurrock from 1950 until his death in 1976. He was a Labour whip 1950-52. His successor in the subsequent by-election was Oonagh McDonald.
Involvement in the John Bodkin Adams Affair
Delargy played an interesting but minor part in the aftermath of the John Bodkin Adams trial. Adams, a doctor, was suspected of being a serial killer but was controversially found not guilty in 1957. On 8 November 1956 however, the Attorney-General Reginald Manningham-Buller who was to prosecute the case, handed a confidential Scotland Yard report into Adams' activities to Dr McRae, Secretary of the British Medical Association (BMA), effectively the doctors' trade union in Britain. The prosecution's most valuable document was then copied and passed to Adams' defence counsel.
After a tip-off from a Daily Mail journalist, on 28 November Delargy (in conjunction with MP Stephen Swingler) addressed a question to the Attorney-General to be answered in the House of Commons on 3 December regarding Manningham-Buller's contacts with the General Medical Council and BMA within the last six months. Manningham-Buller was absent on the day in question but gave a written reply stating he had "had no communications with the General Medical Council within the last six months." He avoided referring to the BMA directly and therefore avoided lying, though it could be argued, deliberately misled the House.
- The Story of the Manchester Martyrs, Manchester Irish.com
- Cullen, Pamela V., "A Stranger in Blood: The Case Files on Dr John Bodkin Adams", London, Elliott & Thompson, 2006, ISBN 1-904027-19-9
- Times Guide to the House of Commons October 1974
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Hugh Delargy
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
J. R. Clynes
|Member of Parliament for Manchester Platting
1945 – 1950
|Member of Parliament for Thurrock
1950 – 1976