Eddie 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
Bootle, England, UK
Died 28 May 2016(2016-05-28) (aged 78)
Huyton, England, UK
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Lilian Hopkins
Alma mater University of Oxford

Edward O'Hara (1 October 1937 – 28 May 2016)[1][2] was 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.[3] He was chairman of the committee for technology and aerospace of the Western European Union[4] and was succeeded in 2009 by the German politician Axel Fischer.[citation needed]

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.[5]

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.

A lifelong loyal Liverpool FC supporter all his life, he taught Latin and Greek at Perse School, Cambridge, and at Birkenhead School before lecturing at C.F. 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.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He married Lilian Hopkins on 11 September 1962 in Bootle; the couple had two sons and a daughter.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Former Merseyside MP Eddie O'Hara passes away at the age of 78". Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Eddie O'Hara obituary". Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Allegra Stratton, "20 MPs would survive swing repeat", The Guardian, July 26, 2008.
  4. ^ "The soldier of the future: European initiatives". Archived from the original on 17 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Britain Votes: A Look @: Knowsley, Liverpool and St. Helens". Britain-Votes. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 

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