Ebby Edwards


1884 – 1961


Who was Ebby Edwards?

Ebenezer Edwards, known as Ebby Edwards, was a trade unionist and politician in Britain.

Born in Chevington, Northumberland, Edwards went down the coal mine at the age of twelve. In 1906, he joined the Independent Labour Party, although he left after three years. In 1908, he attended Ruskin College in Oxford for ten months, but had to leave due to a lack of finances. After leaving the course, he became an early member of the Plebs' League and began to espouse Marxism.

Edwards continued working as a miner during World War I. A supporter of Robert Smillie, he opposed the war. He narrowly missed election to Parliament at the Wansbeck by-election, 1918, standing as a local Labour Party candidate, losing to Robert Mason. He lost in Wansbeck again at the 1918 UK general election.

Long active in the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, Edwards was elected to increasingly important posts in the union. In 1929, he was finally elected to Parliament, as the Labour MP for Morpeth, succeeding Smillie, but lost his seat at the 1931 election. Elected as Vice-President of the MFGB in 1929, he became President in 1931 and Secretary in 1932. He also served in various posts at the Miners' International Federation.

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Jul 30, 1884
Jul 6, 1961

on July 23, 2013


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