Mary Hamilton (Labour politician)

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Mary Agnes Hamilton
CBE
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Member of Parliament
for Blackburn with Thomas Harry Gill
In office
30 May 1929 – 26 October 1931
Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin
Preceded by Sir Sydney Henn
and John Duckworth
Succeeded by Walter Dorling Smiles
and George Sampson Elliston
Personal details
Born (1884-07-08)8 July 1884
Died 10 February 1966(1966-02-10) (aged 81)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater Newnham College Cambridge

Mary Agnes Hamilton (8 July 1884 – 10 February 1966)[1] was the Labour MP for Blackburn from 1929 to 1931.[2]

Early life[edit]

Hamilton (known as Molly) was the daughter of Robert Hamilton, Professor of Logic at Glasgow University.[3]

Education[edit]

She was educated at Glasgow Girls' High School, and later took First Class Honours at Newnham College Cambridge.[3]

Career[edit]

Journalism[edit]

In 1916 Hamilton caused some controversy by writing an anti-war novel, Dead Yesterday.[4]

In the early 1920s, she was the deputy editor of the New Leader. She also held a position on the Balfour Committee on Industry and Trade.[3]

Politics[edit]

Molly Hamilton was an intimate of the Labour leader and Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald after the death of his wife. She produced impressions of MacDonald in 1923 and 1925 as 'Iconoclast', which were later updated and published together in 1929 under her own name. She did not follow him out of the Labour Party in 1931.

She was a was a governor of the BBC between 1933 and 1937.[5] In 1937 she was elected an alderman on the London County Council.[1][6]

Later career[edit]

From 1940, Hamilton worked for the US branch of the Ministry of Information.[3] She was made a CBE in 1949.

Hamilton wrote a biography of Arthur Henderson, and profiles of Mary Macarthur and Margaret Bondfield.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mary Agnes Hamilton". Women MPs elected 1918-1929. Queen's University Belfast. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Pugh, Martin (2010). Speak for Britain!: A New History of the Labour Party. Random House. p. 205. ISBN 1-4070-5155-5. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Hartley, Cathy (2013). Historical Dictionary of British Women. Routledge. p. 204. ISBN 1-135-35533-9. 
  4. ^ Sherry, Vincent B. (2005). The Cambridge companion to the literature of the First World War. Cambridge University Press. p. 102. ISBN 0-521-82145-2. 
  5. ^ Murphy, Kate (2016). "2.2 BBC Hierarchies". Behind the Wireless: A History of Early Women at the BBC. London: Palgrave McMillan. p. 25. doi:10.1057/978-1-137-49173-2. ISBN 978-1-137-49172-5. 
  6. ^ "The New L.C.C". The Times. 9 March 1937. p. 13. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Sydney Henn
and John Duckworth
Member of Parliament for Blackburn
19291931
With: Thomas Harry Gill
Succeeded by
Walter Dorling Smiles
and George Sampson Elliston