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CodeNA9155
Dates1906-1978
Person NameLawson; George McArthur (1906-1978)
SurnameLawson
ForenamesGeorge McArthur
ActivityGeorge McArthur Lawson (1906-1978), was born in Edinburgh. His education was cut short by the First World War and the death of his father in 1915, and he started work as a shop assistant in the city while studying and working in the evenings as a voluntary tutor for the National Council of Labour Colleges (NCLC). From 1937 to 1940 he was a full-time NCLC tutor in the East of Scotland, and served as the West of Scotland NCLC Organiser from 1940-1950 when he was appointed Secretary of Edinburgh and District Trades Council. In 1954 he was elected as Labour MP for Motherwell, and represented Motherwell, and Motherwell and Wishaw, until his retirement in October 1974. He served as a Labour Whip (1959-1964) and held office as a Government Whip (1964) and Deputy Chief Whip (1966-1967). He continued to be very active in public life from 1974 to his death in July 1978, particularly as Director (1976-1978) of the ‘Scotland Is British’ campaign formed to oppose the government proposals and legislation for devolution to Scotland.
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