Joe Tinker (politician)

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John Joseph Tinker (1875 – 30 July 1957) was a British Labour Party politician.

He was elected at the 1923 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Leigh in Lancashire with the support of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, and held the seat until his retirement from the House of Commons at the 1945 general election.

During his 22 years in the House of Commons, Joseph Tinker ensured that the safety of coal miners and their welfare became a key issue discussed, debated and acted upon. Against considerable opposition, he ensured that the dreadful working conditions of miners were improved.

Joseph Tinker also introduced the first legislation which brought equal funding to Catholic schools in the UK.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Twist
Member of Parliament for Leigh
Succeeded by
Harold Boardman