Politics

Vera Baird nee Thomas
Chadderton
13 Feb 1950

Labour Politician, Author and Barrister, lecturer
Currently Police and Crime Commissioner, Northumbria
Lydia Ernestine Becker
Chadderton
24 Feb 1827 - 18 Jul 1890
Suffragist, was a member of the Manchester National Society for Women's Suffrage and secretary from 1867 until her death. She founded and edited the 'Women's Suffrage Journal in the 1870s' for twenty years.
Lydia was interested in botany and astronomy, she won an award for her collection of dried plants and went on the write two books Botany for Novices and Elementary Astronomy.

Ellen Brierley
MBE BA JP

Oldham
25 Feb 1914 - 29 Jul 2010

Labour Councillor in 1949, Mayor in 1974, Alderman 1994, MBE  1995
Woman of Oldham 2001,
Freedom of the Borough 2004
Former Teacher, Magistrate for 27 years

Joseph Burgess
Failsworth
 3 July 1853 -  3 Jan 1934
Journalist, Labour Politician, Councillor and Organising Secretary
1884 started his own Newspaper - Oldham Operative short lived
Active in the creation of the Independent Labour Party
Stood as ILP candidate in Leicester 1894, 1895, Glasgow Camlachie 1906, Montrose 1908, 1910
Resigned from the ILP in 1915 and returned to Journalism working for the Bradford Pioneer 1914, London Evening Standard, Pall Mall Gazette 1919

John Robert Clynes
Oldham
27 Mar 1869 - 23 Oct 1949
Trade Unionist and Labour Politician, member of Parliament for 35 years, and Leader of Labour Party 1921-22

Annie Kenney
Springhead
13 Sep 1879 - 09 Jul 1953
Suffragette and member of the Women's Social and Politician Union, she and Christabel Pankhurst interrupted a meeting at the Free Trade Hall in 1905 to ask Winston Churchill and Sir Edward Grey if they believed women should have the right to vote

Marjory Lees
Oldham
09 Sep 1878 - 11 May 1970

Liberal Councillor, Freedom of the Borough 1934
daughter of Dame Sarah Lees.  She was a member of the Suffrage movement.

Hervey Rhodes,
Baron Rhodes
KG,DFC and Bar, PC,DL
Saddleworth
12 Aug 1895 - 11 Sep 1987
Labour Politician MP for Ashton under Lyne 1945-64
Freedom of the Borough
Made Life Peer 1965
Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade 1950-1
Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire 1968-71












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