James Haslam

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James Haslam
James Haslam by Trevor Haddon.jpg
Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
for Chesterfield
Preceded by Alfred Barnes
For the James Haslam who founded Pilot Corporation, see James Haslam Jr.

James Haslam (1 April 1842 – 31 July 1913) was a British politician, representing Chesterfield as an MP from 1906 to 1913

Before entering Parliament in 1906, Haslam had been a founder member[1] and served as a leading official of the Derbyshire Miners’ Association (DMA) since its inception some 30 years earlier. He was returned in 1906 as a Liberal candidate, but won the two General Elections of 1910 as a Labour candidate.[2]

He died in 1913 in Chesterfield aged 71.

He currently has a statue outside the former Miner’s Offices on Saltergate at Chesterfield. Sarah Cottrell originally from Chesterfield but now resides in Lambley, Nottingham is currently in possession of the thumb from the left hand of this statue; it came to her after a daring raid by her brother some time in the 1990s


  1. ^ painting, Haddon, BBC, retrieved 28 July 2014
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  • J. E. Williams, The Derbyshire Miners A Study in Industrial and Social History, 1962

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Bayley
Member of Parliament for Chesterfield
Succeeded by
Barnet Kenyon
Trade union offices
Preceded by
New position
Secretary of the Derbyshire Miners' Association
Succeeded by
W. E. Harvey
Preceded by
William Inskip and Will Thorne
Trades Union Congress representative to the American Federation of Labour
With: Alexander Wilkie
Succeeded by
Pete Curran and John Weir
Preceded by
David Shackleton
President of the Trades Union Congress
Succeeded by
William Mullin