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Joe Gormley

(1917-1993), President of the National Union of Mineworkers

Joseph ('Joe') Gormley, Baron Gormley

Sitter in 8 portraits
A miner from the age of fourteen, Joe Gormley served in many aspects of the coal mining industry. He was an active trade union official and in 1957 became a committee member of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). He was elected Leader of the union in 1971. He led the NUM to success in two national strikes, the second of which precipitated the downfall of Edward Heath's Conservative government. His real political legacy, however, is considered to be a strong, well-organised union for miners.

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Joe Gormley, by Hans Schwarz - NPG 5793(1)

Joe Gormley

by Hans Schwarz
pastel, crayon and ink on paper, 1984
NPG 5793(1)

Trade Unionists (Joe Gormley; Thomas Jackson; Sidney Weighell), by Hans Schwarz - NPG 5749

Trade Unionists (Joe Gormley; Thomas Jackson; Sidney Weighell)

by Hans Schwarz
oil on board, 1984
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5749

Joe Gormley and an unknown man, by Cecil Beaton - NPG D17943(11)

Joe Gormley and an unknown man

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, late 1960s-early 1970s
NPG D17943(11)

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