William A. Wilkins

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William Albert Wilkins CBE (17 January 1899 – 6 May 1987) was a British Labour Party politician.

Wilkins was a linotype operator for a Bristol newspaper and was President of the Bristol branch of the Typographical Association. He joined the Labour Party in 1922 and became a member of Bristol City Council in 1936, serving for ten years. During World War II, Wilkins served as a stoker in the Royal Navy (in which he had served 1917-19) on the Q-ships of the Irish coast.[citation needed]

Wilkins was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Bristol South in 1945, serving until 1970. He became an assistant whip in 1947 and in 1950 a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury. He was appointed CBE in the 1965 New Year Honours.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alexander Walkden
Member of Parliament for Bristol South
Succeeded by
Michael Cocks

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