Tom O'Brien (trade unionist)

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Sir Thomas O'Brien[1] (17 August 1900 – 5 May 1970) was a British trade unionist and Labour Party politician, and a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1945 to 1959.

He was elected at the 1945 general election as MP for Nottingham West, and after that constituency's abolition in boundary changes, he was re-elected at the 1950 general election for the new Nottingham North West seat. That constituency was in turn abolished for the 1955 general election, when he was returned to the House of Commons for the re-established Nottingham West seat.

O'Brien was General Secretary of the National Association of Theatrical and Kine Employees from 1932 until his death, and a member of the TUC's International Committee.[2]

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  • "[Britons] would rather take the risk of civilizing communism than being kicked around by the unlettered pot-bellied money magnates of the United States" (quoted by The New York Times, 23 August 1949, p. 4.[3]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Arthur Hayday
Member of Parliament for Nottingham West
19451950
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Nottingham North West
19501955
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Nottingham West
19551959
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Tapsell
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Hugh Roberts
General Secretary of the National Association of Theatrical and Kine Employees
1932–1970
Succeeded by
Robert Keenan
Preceded by
John Brown and Arthur Horner
Trades Union Congress representative to the American Federation of Labour
1946
With: Sam Watson
Succeeded by
Arthur Deakin and Robert Openshaw
Preceded by
Arthur Deakin
President of the Trades Union Congress
1953
Succeeded by
Jack Tanner
Preceded by
Luke Fawcett
Chairman of the Trades Councils' Joint Consultative Committee
1953 – 1970
Succeeded by
George H. Lowthian?