Andrew Gilzean

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Memorial to Andrew Gilzean, Warriston Crematorium

Andrew Gilzean (3 December 1877 – 6 July 1957) was a Labour Party politician in Scotland. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Edinburgh Central from 1945 to 1951.

Initially a member of the Independent Labour Party, Gilzean joined the Scottish Socialist Party split in 1932, and was elected as its vice-chair.[1] This organisation affiliated to the Labour Party, for which he unsuccessfully contested Edinburgh Central at the 1935 general election, winning 41% of the votes.[2] He won the seat in the Labour landslide at the 1945 general election with majority of 4,220 votes, becoming an MP for first time at the age of 67.

His majority was slightly reduced to 2,937 at the 1950 general election,[3] and he stood down at the 1951 general election.[4]

Andrew was married to Annie Thomson (1877-1965). Both were cremated at Warriston Crematorium and a plaque to their memory exists in the southern arcade.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations, Gleanings and Memoranda (1932), p.500
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 
  3. ^ "UK General Election results February 1950". Richard Kimber's political science resources. Retrieved 28 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "UK General Election results October 1950". Richard Kimber's political science resources. Retrieved 28 March 2009. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Francis Watt
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh Central
19451951
Succeeded by
Thomas Oswald