James Boyden

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Harold James Boyden (19 October 1910 – 26 September 1993) was a British Labour Party politician.

Boyden was educated at Tiffin Boys' School, Kingston upon Thames, and King's College London.[1] He became a barrister, called to the bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1947 and became Director of Extramural studies at Durham University from 1947 to 1959, serving as chair of the National Institute for Adult Education from 1957 to 1960. Boyden was a councillor on Durham County Council from 1952 to 1960 and a member of the executive of the Fabian Society.

Boyden was Member of Parliament for Bishop Auckland from 1959 to 1979, preceding Derek Foster. Boyden was a junior minister for Education and Science from 1964 to 1965, Parliamentary Secretary for Public Building and Works from 1965 to 1967, and junior minister for Defence from 1967 to 1969.


  1. ^ "Obituary: James Boyden", Walter Bunn, The Independent, 7 October 1993.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hugh Dalton
Member of Parliament for Bishop Auckland
Succeeded by
Derek Foster