Ted Leadbitter

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Edward Leadbitter
Member of Parliament
for The Hartlepools
In office
15 October 1964 – 28 February 1974
Preceded by John Simon Kerans
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Member of Parliament
for Hartlepool
In office
28 February 1974 – 16 March 1992
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Peter Mandelson
Personal details
Born (1919-06-18)18 June 1919
Easington, County Durham[1]
Died 23 December 1996(1996-12-23) (aged 77)
Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Irene Mellin (m. 1940)
Children 2
Residence Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Occupation Councillor
Profession Teacher

Edward Leadbitter (18 June 1919 – 23 December 1996) was a British Labour politician. Leadbitter was a teacher, and served as a councillor on West Hartlepool Borough Council. Leadbitter was Member of Parliament for Hartlepool from February 1964, until he retired in March 1992. His successor was Peter Mandelson.

Shortly before he quit Parliament, he angered Neil Kinnock by buying shares in British Telecom and British Gas. He also infamously exposed Anthony Blunt.

He died on 23 December 1996, in the intensive care unit at North Tees Hospital, where he was being treated after a road accident.[2] In December 2000, his grandson was jailed for growing cannabis, which began after he got hold of his grandfather's money inheritance.[3]


  1. ^ "Obituary: Ted Leadbitter". independent.co.uk. 27 December 1996. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "MP who exposed Anthony Blunt dies". heraldscotland.com. 24 December 1996. Retrieved 15 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "EX-MP S GRANDSON JAILED FOR GROWING CANNABIS". hartlepoolmail.co.uk. 22 December 2000. Retrieved 15 April 2017. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Simon Kerans
Member of Parliament for The Hartlepools
1964Feb. 1974
constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Hartlepool
Feb. 19741992
Succeeded by
Peter Mandelson