Willie Hamilton

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William Winter "Willie" Hamilton (26 June 1917 – 26 January 2000) was a British politician who served as a Labour Member of Parliament for constituencies in Fife, Scotland between 1950 and 1987. He was known for his strong republican views.

Background[edit]

Born in Houghton-le-Spring, the son of a County Durham miner, Hamilton joined the Labour Party as a teenager in 1936. He also became a schoolteacher. After initially being a conscientious objector in World War II, he served as a captain with the Pioneer Corps in the Middle East.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Hamilton contested West Fife at the 1945 general election, but lost to Communist Willie Gallacher.

In 1950 he overturned that result, winning by over 13,000 votes. In 1974, after boundary changes, he became MP for Fife Central.

Anti-royal views[edit]

He sponsored the equal pay for equal work bill[1] in the 1970s but is best remembered for his stridently anti-royalist views, which he set out in detail in his book My Queen and I.[2] He branded the Queen "a clockwork doll", Princess Margaret "a floozy", and Prince Charles "a twerp". However, he admired the Queen Mother, declaring on her 80th birthday: "I am glad to salute a remarkable old lady. May she live to be the pride of the family."[3]

Later life[edit]

In 1987 Hamilton was replaced as Labour candidate in Fife Central by Henry McLeish, and stood in the ultra-safe Conservative seat of South Hams in Devon, South-West England, where he came third, polling just 8% of the vote.

Death[edit]

Hamilton retired to Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire, and died in Lincoln in 2000, aged 82.

References[edit]

  1. ^ George Hume, journalist (27 January 2000). "UK | Scotland | Tributes paid to veteran anti-royalist". BBC News. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  2. ^ My Queen and I, Quartet Books, 1975
  3. ^ "Biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother - with a Scottish Flavour". Rampantscotland.com. 8 November 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Willie Gallacher
Member of Parliament for West Fife
1950February 1974
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Central Fife
February 19741987
Succeeded by
Henry McLeish