W. P. Richardson (trade unionist)

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William Pallister Richardson (25 February 1873–8 August 1930), known as W. P. Richardson, was a British trade unionist.

Richardson was born in Usworth, County Durham. His father was killed in 1885, while working in the Usworth Colliery. A few months later, William began work in the same pit. He joined the Durham Miners' Association, and became branch secretary in 1898, and was elected to the county executive in 1912. He served as General Secretary of the union from 1924 until his death, and as treasurer of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain from 1921.[1]

Richardson was also an active member of the Independent Labour Party, and its leading member in Usworth. His brother Tom was also active in the party, and was the Member of Parliament for Whitehaven from 1910 to 1918.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hester Barron, The 1926 miners' lockout: meanings of community in the Durham coalfield, p.66
  2. ^ David Howell, British workers and the Independent Labour Party, p.47
Trade union offices
Preceded by
James Robson
Treasurer of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain
1921–1930
Succeeded by
Post vacant
Preceded by
Thomas Cann
General Secretary of the Durham Miners' Association
1924–1930
Succeeded by
Peter Lee