|Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
for Stockport South
|Succeeded by||Thomas McNally|
13 July 1902|
|Died||24 April 1979(aged 76)|
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
He was general secretary of the Jewish Trades Advisory Council ("a committee of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, aimed at countering anti-Semitism in business life" during World War II) from 1940 and remained its secretary until his death in 1976.
He was chairman of Central Middlesex Group hospital management committee.
He was active in the World Jewish Congress (WJC). In 1954, on behalf of both the WJC and Winston Churchill, he went to Cairo to help save the lives of Jews sentenced to death as part of the Lavon Affair. Later, he said that Egypt's President, Gamal Abdel Nasser, had agreed to spare their lives but then reneged to balance their deaths with members of Muslim Brotherhood.
Orbach contested Huntingdonshire in the 1931 election and Willesden East in 1935 and in a 1938 by-election. In 1937 he was elected to the London County Council, representing St Pancras South West.
He was elected Member of Parliament for Willesden East in 1945, serving until his defeat in 1959, and for Stockport South from 1964 until his death just before the 1979 general election. His successor was Thomas McNally.
Daughter Susie is a psychotherapist and writer, and co-founder of The Women's Therapy Centre in London. Son Laurence taught history at Columbia University, New York, before founding Quarto Publishing in London in 1976. He was chairman and CEO of The Quarto Group, Inc.
- "Maurice Orbach Dead at 76". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 27 April 1979. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
- The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2011. p. 734. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
- "Trades Advisory Council Archives". University College London. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
- "New L.C.C. Labour's Increased Majority. Full Results". The Times. 6 March 1937. p. 7.
- Alderman, Jeffrey (1989). London Jewry and London politics, 1889-1986. London: Routledge. p. 101. ISBN 978-0-415-02204-0.
- "Yank Wives Fit Into Britain's Politics". Chicago Tribune. 16 September 1976. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
- "Susie Orbach profile". Macmillan Publishing. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
- "Board". Quarto Group. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
- Alderman, Geoffrey (19 April 2010). "The Jewish vote really does count". Guardian Newspaper. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
- Portraits of Maurice Orbach at the National Portrait Gallery, London
- Times Guide to the House of Commons October 1974
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Maurice Orbach
- National Archives: Letter of 13 Feb 1957 from Maurice Orbach MP, enclosing telegrams from constituents urging UK government to oppose sanctions against Israel
- They Speak for You: 417 speeches by Maurice Orbach (1945-1979)
- Getty Images: Photo of Maurice Orbach in 1952
- Getty Images: Photo of Maurice Orbach in 1972
- Palestine Poster Project: "Nationalist Worker! Be Ready To Show Your Strength" by Maurice Orbach (1937)
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