Jim Callaghan (Lancashire politician)

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James Callaghan (born 28 January 1927) is a British Labour politician.

He has the same name as his unrelated contemporary, more famous colleague and fellow Labour MP, James Callaghan, who served as Labour Party leader from 1976 to 1980 (prime minister up to 1979).

He was educated at Manchester and London universities, and he worked as a lecturer in art at St John's College, Manchester, before entering Parliament.

At the February 1974 general election, he was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Middleton and Prestwich, and he served this constituency and its successor, Heywood and Middleton, until 1997. He was a member of several House of Commons Select Committees – on Transport, on the Cardiff Barrage scheme, and on Education, Science & the Arts.

He was also a member of the Tribune Group of Labour MPs.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alan Haselhurst
Member of Parliament for Middleton and Prestwich
February 1974–1983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Heywood and Middleton
1983–1997
Succeeded by
Jim Dobbin