John Elliott Burns(1858-1943), Trade unionist and Liberal politician; MP for Battersea
Sitter in 30 portraits
Burns left school at ten and became an active trades unionist as an apprentice engineer; joined Social Democratic Foundation in 1885. Elected MP in 1892 but refused to join the Independent Labour Party and moved towards the Liberals. He became member of cabinet as President of the Local Government Board 1905-14, and of the Board of Trade, 1914. Burns resigned in opposition to the war and took no further part in public life.