Edwin Gooch

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Edwin George Gooch (15 January 1889 – 2 August 1964) was a British Labour Party politician and trade union leader.

Gooch was born in Wymondham, Norfolk. He was appointed an Alderman for Norfolk County Council. Later, in 1935, when Wymondham Urban District Council was created, Gooch became the first Chairman of the new UDC and held the office for most of the period up to 1946.

His wife, Ethel Gooch, became the council's first lady member in 1935 and its first lady Chairman in 1951.

Gooch was elected President of the National Union of Agricultural and Allied Workers in 1928 and held the position until his death in 1964.

At the 1931 general election, he was an unsuccessful candidate in the Conservative-held South Norfolk constituency.

Gooch did not contest the 1935 general election, but at the 1945 general election, he was elected as Member of Parliament for North Norfolk, defeating the Conservative MP Thomas Cook. He held the seat until his death shortly before the 1964 general election, aged 75.

He was chairman of the Labour Party's National Executive Committee from 1955 to 1956.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Holmes
President of the National Union of Agricultural and Allied Workers
1928–1964
Succeeded by
Bert Hazell
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Cook
Member of Parliament for North Norfolk
19451964
Succeeded by
Bert Hazell
Party political offices
Preceded by
Edith Summerskill
Chair of the Labour Party
1955–1956
Succeeded by
Margaret Herbison