J. P. W. Mallalieu

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Sir William Mallalieu
Member of Parliament for Huddersfield East
In office
23 February 1950 – 3 May 1979
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Barry Sheerman
Member of Parliament for Huddersfield
In office
5 July 1945 – 23 February 1950
Preceded by William Mabane
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born Joseph Percival William Mallalieu
(1908-06-18)18 June 1908
Delph, Saddleworth, Oldham, Greater Manchester
Died 13 March 1980(1980-03-13) (aged 71)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Harriet Rita Riddle Tinn (m. 1945)
Relations Lance Mallalieu (brother)
Children Ann
Parents Frederick Mallalieu
Alma mater Trinity College, Oxford
University of Chicago
Nickname(s) J. P. W.; Bill; Curly

Sir Joseph Percival William Mallalieu (18 June 1908 – 13 March 1980), known after his knighthood as Sir William Mallalieu, was a British Labour Party politician, journalist and author.

Mallalieu was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford, Cheltenham College, Trinity College, Oxford and the University of Chicago. He was President of the Oxford Union in 1930 and a Rugby blue. He served in the Royal Navy 1942-45, joining as an ordinary seaman and later being commissioned and promoted to lieutenant. His novel, Very Ordinary Seaman, is based on his experiences in the navy[1].

Mallalieu was Member of Parliament for Huddersfield from 1945 to 1950, and for Huddersfield East after boundary changes from 1950 to 1979[2]. He had various ministerial positions under Harold Wilson, including Defence for the Royal Navy (1964–1967), the Board of Trade (1967–1968) and Technology (1968–1969).

Mallalieu's father Frederick and brother Lance were also Members of Parliament. His daughter, Ann, is a Labour peer.

Mallalieu is the author of Rats! (Left Book Club, 1941) under the pseudonym 'The Pied Piper'.

A collection of his writing on various sports, mostly written for The Spectator magazine, was published as Sporting Days (The Sportsmans Book Club, 1957).

He was given the Freedom of Kirklees in West Yorkshire on 27 January 1980[3][4].


  1. ^ "‘Curly’ Mallalieu – Author, Naval Officer, Journalist, Freeman of Kirklees & Huddersfield MP of 34 years!". Heritage Quay. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Craig, F.W.S., ed. (1969). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949. Glasgow: Political Reference Publications. p. 149. ISBN 0-900178-01-9. 
  3. ^ "Freedom of Kirklees... for a French town!". Huddersfield Examiner. 1 April 2005. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Honorary Graduates". University of Huddersfield. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Mabane
Member of Parliament for Huddersfield
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Huddersfield East
Succeeded by
Barry Sheerman