William Wilson (Labour MP)

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William Tyson Wilson (1855 – 14 August 1921) was a British trade unionist and Labour politician.

Tyson was born in Westmorland, moving to Bolton, Lancashire, in 1889.[1] He was a carpenter, and joined the Bolton branch of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners. He was a member of the executive or general council of the union on several occasions from 1893, and was chairman of the general council in 1910.[2]

At the 1906 general election Wilson was one of 29 successful Labour Representation Committee candidates, being elected MP for Westhoughton. On 22 February 1906 he introduced a private member's bill seeking to amend the Education Acts and create a statutory school meals service. The bill received the support of the government and was enacted as the Education (Provision of Meals) Act 1906.[3]

He was made a whip in 1915, and was promoted to chief whip in 1919, when the Labour Party became the official opposition.[4]

W T Wilson died suddenly of a cerebral haemmorhage on a Bolton street on Sunday, 14 August 1921.[1][5]


Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]

  1. ^ a b 'Labour MP's sudden death', The Times, 17 August 1921, p.10
  2. ^ "Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers including the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners". Trade Union Ancestors. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  3. ^ L Andrews, The School Meals Service, in British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 20, No. 1 (February 1972), pp. 70–75
  4. ^ 'Labour As Official Opposition', The Times, 8 January 1919, p.7
  5. ^ 'The Late Mr Tyson Wilson M.P.', The Times, 17 August 1921, p. 6

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Stanley
Member of Parliament for Westhoughton
Succeeded by
Rhys Davies