Edward O'Hara

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Edward O'Hara
Member of Parliament
for Knowsley South
In office
28 September 1990 – 12 April 2010
Preceded by Sean Hughes
Succeeded by constituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1937-10-01) 1 October 1937 (age 78)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Lilian Hopkins
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford

Edward O'Hara (born 1 October 1937) is a British Labour Party politician who became the Member of Parliament (MP) for Knowsley South following the death of Sean Hughes. He held the seat from 1990 until 2010 when the constituency was abolished. During this period his seat was considered the safest Labour seat in the country.[1] He was chairman of the committee for technology and aerospace of the Western European Union[2] and was succeeded in 2009 by the German politician Axel Fischer. He left the House of Commons in 2010, after being defeated in the selection process to become Labour candidate for Knowsley by fellow Labour MP George Howarth.[3]

Early life[edit]

O'Hara was born in Bootle, near Liverpool. He was educated at the direct-grant grammar Liverpool Collegiate School, then Magdalen College, Oxford, gaining an MA in Literae Humaniores, and the University of London. Before entering Parliament, Eddie was a councillor in Knowsley and Chair of the Education Committee. He taught at Birkenhead School before lecturing at CF Mott College (became Liverpool Polytechnic) from 1970-5, at the City of Liverpool College of Higher Education from 1975–85, and at Liverpool Polytechnic from 1985-90.

Personal life[edit]

He married Lilian Hopkins on 11 September 1962 in Bootle. They have two sons and a daughter.


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sean Hughes
Member of Parliament for Knowsley South Constituency abolished