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Sir James Sexton CBE (13 April 1856 – 1938) was a British trade unionist and politician.

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sexton was a founder member of the Independent Labour Party. He later became general secretary of the National Union of Dock Labourers, clashing with James Larkin over leadership. In 1917 was awarded a CBE. He was the member of Parliament for St Helens from 1918 until 1931. In 1931 he received a knighthood. In 1934 he was granted freedom of the City of Liverpool.

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Rigby Swift
Member of Parliament for St Helens
Succeeded by
Richard Austin Spencer
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Bell
President of the Trades Union Congress
Succeeded by
D. C. Cummings

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