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Isaac Edgar Lansbury (1887–28 May 1935), known as Edgar Lansbury, was a British socialist politician.

Lansbury was the son of Labour Party politician George Lansbury. He grew up in Poplar in the East End of London, and joined the Civil Service at a young age. In 1910, he left, to set up a timber merchants with his brother.[1]

Lansbury was elected to Poplar council in 1912, serving alongside his father. He represented both the Labour Party and the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB).[1] Later in the year, he worked on his father's campaign for re-election on a radical platform of women's suffrage at the Bow and Bromley by-election.[2] In 1921, he was one of 29 Poplar councillors to be jailed as a result of the Poplar Rates Rebellion.[1]

In 1924, Lansbury was elected as a substitute member of the CPGB's Central Committee.[1] He also married actress Moyna Macgill and the two moved to Regent's Park. From 1924 to 1925, he served as Mayor of Poplar,[1] the country's second Communist mayor after Joe Vaughan. He left the council in 1925,[1] the same year that his first child was born, future actress Angela Lansbury. Subsequent twin sons, Bruce and Edgar, Jr., later became prominent producers.

In 1927, Lansbury's firm was declared bankrupt.[3] In 1934, Lansbury wrote George Lansbury, My Father. In the work, he inadvertently quoted from confidential documents. He was found to be in contravention of the Official Secrets Act, was fined, and his book was recalled in order that the text could be censored.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Michael Walker, "Edgar Lansbury", Compendium of Communist Biography
  2. ^ John Shepherd, A Life on the Left : George Lansbury (1859—1940) : a Case Study in Recent Labour Biography
  3. ^ "Mr. Edgar Lansbury's "Extravagance"", Manchester Guardian, 20 December 1927
  4. ^ "Mr. Edgar Lansbury", Manchester Guardian, 29 May 1935


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