John Palin (Labour politician)

John Henry Palin (1870 - 22 May 1934) was a British trades unionist and Labour Party politician.

By the early twentieth century, he was active in the trade union movement in Bradford, Yorkshire. He was a member of the executive of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants (ASRS) in 1901 and 1902, and in 1905 he was the Bradford branch secretary of the Amalgamated Association of Tramway and Vehicle Workers[1] [2] In 1910 he was the President of the Bradford Trades and Labour Council.[3] He was also an Independent Labour Party member of Bradford City Council.[4]

In 1912 he was approved as a Labour Party candidate for the next general election, although he was not allocated to any constituency.[5] In 1911 the ASRS nominated him to contest Bradford East. However, the anticipated general election was delayed until 1918 due to the First World War.

At the 1918 general election he unsuccessfully contested Bradford North.[6] He finally succeeded in being elected to the Commons at the 1924 general election, when he was returned as member of parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne West. He held the seat in 1929, but was defeated when there was a large swing against Labour in 1931.

He was Lord Mayor of Bradford in 1924 - 1925.[7]


Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

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  2. "Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants". Trade Union Ancestors. Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2008.
  3. The Great Northern Dispute, The Times, 12 September 1910, p.8
  4. J A Jowitt (1991). "Textiles and Society in Bradford and Lawrence, USA, 1880-1920". The Bradford Antiquary. Archived from the original on 4 April 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2008.
  5. Labour Party Candidates, The Times, 29 April 1912, p.6
  6. Labour Candidates in Bradford, The Times, 27 May 1918, p.5.
  7. "Mayors of Bradford" (PDF). City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Retrieved 12 November 2008.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Cecil Beresford Ramage
Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne West
Succeeded by
Joseph William Leech
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ben Riley
Yorkshire Division representative on the Independent Labour Party National Administrative Council
Succeeded by
Charlie Glyde

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