Lewis Wright, Baron Wright of Ashton-under-Lyne

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Lewis Tatham Wright, Baron Wright of Ashton-under-Lyne, CBE (1903[1] – 16 September 1974[2]) was an English politician whose career was strongly connected with the textile industry in Lancashire in North West England. He was also President of the Trades Union Congress.

Lewis Wright was an important trade union leader in the United Kingdom, who rose to fame in the mid 20th century as an influential figure in the British textile industry, representing first the Amalgamated Weavers Association, the Cotton Board and later the Textile Council.[1]

Already a Commander of the Order of the British Empire,[3] Wright was further honoured when Harold Wilson's government awarded him a life peerage in the 1968 New Year's Honours list.[1] On 22 January 1968 he was created “Baron Wright of Ashton-under-Lyne, of Ashton-under-Lyne in the County Palatine of Lancaster[2] and took his seat in the House of Lords on 7 February.[3] Later in 1968, he became General Secretary and President of the Trades Union Congress, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from Loughborough University.[1]

Lord Wright lived at 12 Brookfield Grove in Ashton-under-Lyne from 1940 until his death in September 1974. A blue plaque commemorating him was unveiled there by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council on 20 September 2005.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Lord Wright of Ashton-under-Lyne on www.tameside.gov.uk, access date 2010-12-01
  2. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "www.thepeerage.com". The Peerage. [unreliable source], access date 2010-12-01
  3. ^ a b Lords Hansard Text for 7 February 1968, access date 2010-12-01
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Stephen T. Goggins
General Secretary of the Ashton-under-Lyne and District Power-loom Weavers' Association
1935–1950s
Succeeded by
Fred Hague
Preceded by
Carey Hargreaves
President of the Amalgamated Weavers' Association
1949–1953
Succeeded by
Harold Bradley
Preceded by
Andrew Naesmith
General Secretary of the Amalgamated Weavers' Association
1953–1968
Succeeded by
Harry Kershaw
Preceded by
Andrew Naesmith and Alfred Roberts
Cotton Group member of the General Council of the Trades Union Congress
1953 – 1968
With: Alfred Roberts (1953 – 1963)
Succeeded by
Group abolished
Preceded by
Harry Douglass
President of the Trades Union Congress
1968
Succeeded by
John E. Newton