John Paton was a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom, and a Member of Parliament from 1945 to 1964.
He was born in Aberdeen. His father James Paton was a master baker and his mother Isabella Bruce was a seamstress.
After leaving school at 13 he became a printer"s devil in what is now the Aberdeen Press and Journal. He then became a barber, running his own establishment until the war years. Moving to Glasgow, he worked as a journeyman barber before becoming a full time political organizer for the Independent Labour Party.
He moved to London to become the editor of the New Leader.
He was General Secretary of the Independent Labour Party from 1927 to 1933. He was elected at the 1945 general election as Member of Parliament for the two-seat Norwich constituency.
When that constituency was divided at the 1950 general election, he was returned to the House of Commons for the new Norwich North seat, which he held until he retired at the 1964 general election.
His socialist views repelled his wealthy customers and the shop failed soon after the war.
38th United Kingdom Parliament. 39th United Kingdom Parliament. 40th United Kingdom Parliament.