William Jenkins (Labour politician)
He entered politics in 1900 when he was elected to Glyncorrwg School Board, and in 1904 he became a member of the town's urban district council. He was chairman of Glamorgan County Council in 1906 and from 1919 to 1921. He was also chairman of Glyncorrwg UDC from 1908 to 1916. He became secretary of the Western Miners' Association in 1906, and chief agent of the Afan Valley Miners' Federation.
At the 1922 general election he was elected as Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Neath, defeating John Hugh Edwards, the sitting Liberal member for the seat by over 8,000 votes. He was elected chairman of the county council for a third time in 1927. He held positions as vice-president of the County Council Association of England and Wales, chairman of the Federation of Education Authorities of Wales, member of the council of the University of Wales and chairman of the Glamorgan School for the Blind. In 1931 he was knighted for his public work.
- Obituary: Sir William Jenkins, The Times, 9 December 1944, p.8
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
John Hugh Edwards
| Member of Parliament for Neath
D. J. Williams
|Trade union offices|
W. E. Morgan
| Secretary of the Western District of the South Wales Miners' Federation
| Agent for the Afan Valley District of the South Wales Miners' Federation
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