Jennie Adamson

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Janet Laurel Adamson (9 May 1882 – 25 April 1962)[1] (née Johnston)[2] was a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. She sat in the House of Commons from 1938 to 1946, and served as a junior minister in Clement Attlee's post-war Labour government.

From 1928 to 1931, Adamson was a member of London County Council for Lambeth North. She served on the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party from 1927 to 47.[2]

Adamson unsuccessfully contested Dartford at the 1935 general election, when the sitting Conservative MP Frank Clarke held the seat with a significantly reduced majority.[3] However, Clarke died in July 1938, and at the resulting by-election in November 1938, Adamason won the seat on on a swing of 4.2%.[3]

The constituency was divided in boundary changes for the 1945 general election, when Adamson was elected with a large majority (27% of the votes) for the new Bexley constituency.[4] She served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary from 1940 to 1945 and Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Pensions from 1945 to 1946,[2] under minister Wilfred Paling.

Adamson resigned from Parliament in 1946, becoming Deputy Chair of the Unemployment Assistance Board from 1946 to 1953.[2] Her resignation precipitated a by-election in July 1946 which was narrowly won by the Labour candidate Ashley Bramall.[4] At the next general election, in 1950, the seat was won by future Prime Minister Edward Heath.

The Labour Party campaign centre and headquarters building in Bexleyheath is named "Jennie Adamson House" in honour of the former MP.[citation needed]

She was married to William Murdoch Adamson,[2] a Transport and General Workers' Union official who became Labour MP for Cannock.


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" [self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b c d e "Jennie Adamson". Observatory. Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics, Queens University Belfast. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 383. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 
  4. ^ a b Craig, op cit, page 76

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Frank Edward Clarke
Member of Parliament for Dartford
Succeeded by
Norman Dodds
New constituency Member of Parliament for Bexley
Succeeded by
Ashley Bramall
Political offices
Preceded by
William Sidney
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Pensions
1945 – 1946
Succeeded by
Arthur Blenkinsop