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William O’BRIEN

member of parliament

William O’BRIEN, British Member of Parliament. member, National Union of Mineworkers, since 1945; Justice of the Peace.

Background

O’BRIEN, William was born on January 25, 1929 in Castleford.

Education

St. Joseph’s School, Castleford. Leeds University.

Career

Member. Labour Party, since 1946. Member, Co-operative Party. Member, Normanton and District Coop Party.

Cllr., Knottingley Urban District Council, 1951-1973. Cllr., Wakefield District Council, 1973-1983. Deputy Leader, 1974-1983.

Member of Parliament, Normanton, since 1983. Member. Public Accounts Committee, 1983-1988. Member. Energy Select Committee, 1986-1988.

Spokesperson, Labour Party, environment, 1987-1992, Northern Ireland, since 1992. Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland, since 1992. Coalminer, 1983.

Religion

Catholic.

Membership

Member, National Union of Mineworkers, since 1945. Justice of the Peace.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Rugby, gardening; local government, water, energy.

Connections

Spouse Jean O’Brien (née Schofield). Children: three d.