Tom Shaw (politician)

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The Right Honourable
Tom Shaw
Secretary of State for War
In office
7 June 1929 – 24 August 1931
Monarch George V
Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald
Preceded by Sir Laming Worthington-Evans, Bt
Succeeded by The Marquess of Crewe
Personal details
Born 9 April 1872 (1872-04-09)
Colne, Lancashire
Died 26 September 1938 (1938-09-27) (aged 66)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater None

Thomas Shaw CBE PC (9 April 1872 – 26 September 1938) was a British trade unionist and Labour Party politician.

Background and education[edit]

Born in Colne, Lancashire, he received elementary school education.

Trade union career[edit]

He was Secretary of the International Federation of Textile Workers from 1911–1929, and again from 1931. He was Joint Secretary of Labour and Socialist International from 1923–1925.

Political career[edit]

He sat as Member of Parliament (MP) for Preston from December 1918 until he was unseated at the 1931 general election. He served as a Junior Whip, 1919; as Minister of Labour in the Labour Government 1924 and as Secretary of State for War from 1929–1931. Shaw was awarded the CBE in 1919 and appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1924.

Personal life[edit]

Shaw died in September 1938, aged 66.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hon. George Frederick Stanley
Urban H. Broughton
Member of Parliament for Preston
With: Hon. George Frederick Stanley 1918–1922
James Philip Hodge 1922–1924
Alfred Ravenscroft Kennedy 1924–1929
Sir William Jowitt 1929–1931
Succeeded by
Adrian Moreing
William Kirkpatrick
Political offices
Preceded by
Anderson Montague-Barlow
Minister of Labour
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Steel-Maitland, Bt
Preceded by
Sir Laming Worthington-Evans, Bt
Secretary of State for War
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Crewe