John Wilson (London politician)
John Wilson was a Labour Party member of the Greater London Council from May 1977 until the council was abolished in 1986. He was Chief Whip of the Labour group in 1984 when Ken Livingstone resigned from the GLC to force a by-election aimed at showing the popularity of the GLC. Wilson acted as Leader of the GLC while Livingstone was not a member.
Wilson was a delegate to the Newham North East Constituency Labour Party from the Newham Bus Garage branch of the EETPU in 1975 when he moved the motion inviting the constituency's sitting MP, Reg Prentice, to retire at the next election. This was the established way to deselect a sitting Labour MP; the motion passed and led to a long struggle within the local Labour Party, which ended when Prentice defected to the Conservatives.
- The Municipal year book and public services directory. Municipal Publications Ltd. 1986. p. 768. ISBN 978-0-900552-43-4.
- Hilary Wainwright, "Labour: a tale of two parties", Hogarth Press, 1987, p. 17.
- Geoff Horn, "Crossing the Floor: Reg Prentice and the Crisis of British Social Democracy", Manchester University Press, 2013.
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