James Barr (politician)
Rev James Barr (1862 – 1949) was a British Liberal then Labour politician and a noted pacifist and socialist. He was also a strong supporter of home rule for Scotland, a minimum wage and the Temperance movement.
In 1930-1931 he was Chairman of the Liaison Committee, as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party was then known at any time when the party was in government.
For this reason, he was a prominent member of the United Free Church of Scotland and he led the opposition to that group's reunion with the Church of Scotland in 1929; he and those of like mind did not participate in the re-union and continued as the United Free Church of Scotland, which is still in existence.
His maiden speech as an MP was an attack on the Church of Scotland (Property and Endowments) Act 1925 and lasted just under an hour and a half.
Barr was the grandfather of James Barr (biblical scholar).
- Barr, James (1903). Christianity and war, lectures. London.
- Barr, James (1916). The conscientious objector, a lecture. London.
- Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Select Committee on Capital Punishment.; Rev. James Barr (Chairman) (1931). Report from the Select Committee on Capital Punishment : together with the proceedings of the Committee, and the minutes of evidence, taken before the Select Committee on Capital Punishment in 1929-1930, together with appendices and index. London: HMSO. cxiv, 681 pp.
- Barr, James (1941). Ignored speeches. London: Parliamentary Peace Aims Group.
- Sandra Osborne MP Speech on the Second Reading of the House of Commons (Removal of Clergy Disqualification) Bill, (6 February 2001) Hansard vol 362 cols 837-38
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by James Barr
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