George Buchanan (politician)

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The Right Honourable
George Buchanan
Minister of Pensions
In office
7 October 1947 – 2 July 1948
Monarch George VI
Prime Minister Clement Attlee
Preceded by John Burns Hynd
Succeeded by Hilary Marquand
Under-Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
4 August 1945 – 7 October 1947
Served with Tom Fraser
Monarch George VI
Prime Minister Clement Attlee
Sec. of State Joseph Westwood
Chairman of the National Assistance Board
In office
Member of Parliament
for Glasgow Gorbals
In office
15 November 1922 – 2 July 1948
Preceded by George Nicoll Barnes
Succeeded by Alice Cullen
Personal details
Born 30 November 1890
Cairo, Egypt
Died 28 June 1955 (1955-06-29) (aged 64)
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Political party Labour
Other political
Independent Labour Party

George Buchanan PC (30 November 1890 – 28 June 1955) was a Scottish patternmaker, trade union activist, and Member of Parliament.

Buchanan was born in Glasgow, Scotland. A committed socialist, he joined the Independent Labour Party (ILP).

Buchanan was Vice-Chairman of Glasgow Trades Council and sat on the City Council from 1919-1923. At the 1922 general election he was elected to the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Glasgow Gorbals.

In 1932, Buchanan became Chairman of the United Patternmakers Association of Great Britain, a position he held for sixteen years. He initially agreed with James Maxton's moving the ILP out of the mainstream Labour Party, but decided to leave them to rejoin Labour in 1939.

Following the 1945 general election, the new Prime Minister, Clement Attlee, appointed Buchanan as Under-Secretary of State for Scotland. He also later served as Minister of Pensions.

Buchanan resigned from Parliament in 1948 to take up the position of Chairman of the National Assistance Board, and was succeeded by Alice Cullen.

He died in 1955, aged 64.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Barnes
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Gorbals
Succeeded by
Alice Cullen
Preceded by
John Hynd
Minister of Pensions
7 October 1947 to 2 July 1948
Succeeded by
Hilary Marquand