George Cunningham (politician)
George Cunningham (born 10 June 1931) is a British politician.
Cunningham contested Henley at the 1966 general election as the Labour candidate. He was originally elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Islington South West from the 1970 general election. After boundary changes, he was elected for Islington South and Finsbury at the February 1974 election.
Cunningham strongly opposed Scottish devolution. At his prompting, the House accepted an amendment to the 1978 Scotland Act that a majority voting "yes" in the devolution referendum would have to constitute at least 40% of the Scottish electorate. As expected, the threshold wasn't achieved.
Social Democratic Party
In November 1981, Cunningham resigned from the Labour Party and sat as an independent Labour MP, before becoming one of the later ex-Labour defectors to the newly founded Social Democratic Party in June 1982. Cunningham lost his seat by just 363 votes (1%) at the 1983 general election to Labour candidate Chris Smith. He contested the seat again at the 1987 general election when he lost by a similar narrow margin (the only defecting former Labour MP to come close to regaining his seat that year). He has not re-entered the House of Commons since.
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1966 & 1983
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by George Cunningham
- Catalogue of the Cunningham papers held at LSE Archives
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