Andrew Cunningham (politician)

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Andrew Cunningham
Born (1910-06-08)8 June 1910
Died 14 June 2010(2010-06-14) (aged 100)
Occupation Politician
Home town Chester-le-Street
Political party Labour Party
Criminal charge Corruption
Criminal penalty 3 years imprisonment[1]

Andrew 'Andy' Cunningham (8 June 1910 – 14 June 2010)[1] was a political figure and union leader in North East England. Born in Durham, he was jailed for his role in the Poulson scandal of 1974. He lived most of his life in Chester-le-Street.

At the height of his career in 1971 he held the following positions:

His role with the GMWU in particular gave him considerable influence, via the Trade Union block vote, in the selection of Labour Party parliamentary candidates. The Poulson scandal also destroyed the careers of T. Dan Smith and the Conservative Home Secretary, Reginald Maudling. Cunningham was sentenced to five years imprisonment, reduced to three on appeal.[1] He was paroled from Ford Open Prison in June 1976.[1]

He was the father of Labour politician Jack Cunningham and two other children.


  1. ^ a b c d "Andrew Cunningham". Daily Telegraph. 28 Oct 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-27.