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George Nicoll Barnes

(1859-1940), Trade unionist and Labour politician; MP for Glasgow

Sitter in 12 portraits
Born in Lochee, Forfarshire, became an active member of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers and joined the Independent Labour Party (ILP) on its foundation in 1893; national secretary of the Society for twelve years from 1896; elected for Glasgow Blackfriars (later Gorbals) at the 1906 general election and held the seat until his retirement in 1922; became a major spokesman for Labour, especially during the mobilisation of national resources to fight the First World War; resigned his ministerial post in 1920 and from politics more generally in 1922; continued to support the ILP throughout his retirement and published several books, including his autobiography; died in April 1940 in London.



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