George Davy Kelley

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Kelley in the mid 1900s

George Davy Kelley (1848 – December 18, 1911) was a British trades unionist and Labour politician.

Kelley was born in Ruskington, Lincolnshire in 1848. He became apprenticed to the lithographic printing trade in York. Following his apprenticeship, he worked as a printer in London, Birmingham, Leeds and Bradford. He moved to Manchester to become general secretary of the Amalgamated Society of Lithographic Printers, formed in 1880.[1]

Kelley was an early proponent of the Labour movement putting forward candidates for election. He became vice-president of the Labour Electoral Association in 1889, and presided at the Labour Electoral Congress held in Hanley in 1890.[2][3] He was elected to the parliamentary committee of the Trades Union Congress in 1892.[4]

He held the office of secretary of a number of bodies: the Manchester Trades and Labour Council, the Lancashire and Cheshire Federation of Trade Councils, the Manchester and District Board of Conciliation and the National Printing and Kindred Trades Federation.[1]

In 1902 he travelled to New York City as part of Alfred Moseley's Commission of Inquiry into the organisation of Labour.[5] Two years later as vice-chairman of the National Committee of Organised Labour, he campaigned for the introduction of a universal old age pension.[6]

At the 1906 general election he was selected as one of the Labour Representation Committee candidates, and was elected as Member of Parliament for Manchester South West, unseating the sitting Conservative MP. Due to ill-health he retired from parliament at the next general election in January 1910. He died in Manchester in December 1911, aged 63.[1]


Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]

  1. ^ a b c Obituary - Mr G. D. Kelley, The Times, December 19, 1911, p.9
  2. ^ Labour Electoral Society, The Times, April 25, 1889, p.13
  3. ^ Labour Electoral Congress, The Times, April 8, 1890, p.8
  4. ^ Trade Union Congress, The Times, September 12, 1892, p.4
  5. ^ Mr Moseley's Commissions of Inquiry, The Times, August 28, 1902, p.6
  6. ^ Election Intelligence, The Times, November 5, 1904

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Johnson Galloway
Member of Parliament for Manchester South West
1906January 1910
Succeeded by
Arthur Colefax
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Peter Shorrocks
Secretary of the Manchester and Salford Trades Council
1883 – 1906
Succeeded by
Tom Fox
Preceded by
New position
General Secretary of the Printing and Kindred Trades Federation
1891 – 1911
Succeeded by
A. E. Holmes