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Tom Shaw 

In office
7 June 1929 – 24 August 1931
Monarch George V
Prime Minister Ramsay Macdonald
Preceded by Sir Laming Worthington-Evans, Bt
Succeeded by The Marquess of Crewe

Born 9 April 1872 (1872-04-09)
Colne, Lancashire
Died 26 September 1938 (1938-09-27)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater None

Thomas "Tom" Shaw PC CBE (9 April 1872 – 26 September 1938) was a British trade unionist and Labour Party politician.


Background and education

Born in Colne, Lancashire, he received elementary school education.

Trade union career

He was Secretary of the International Federation of Textile Workers from 1911-1929, and again from 1931. He was Joint Secretary of Labour and Socialist International from 1923-1925.

Political career

He sat as Member of Parliament (MP) for Preston from December 1918 until he was unseated at the 1931 general election. He served as a Junior Whip, 1919; as Minister of Labour in the Labour Government 1924 and as Secretary of State for War from 1929-1931. Shaw was awarded the CBE in 1919 and appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1924.

Personal life

Shaw died in September 1938, aged 66.


External links

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hon. George Frederick Stanley
Urban H. Broughton
Member of Parliament for Preston
With: Hon. George Frederick Stanley1918–1922
James Philp Hodge 1922–1924;
Alfred Ravenscroft Kennedy 1924–1929
Sir William Jowitt 1929–1931
Succeeded by
Adrian Moreing
William Kirkpatrick
Political offices
Preceded by
Anderson Montague-Barlow
Minister of Labour
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Steel-Maitland, Bt
Preceded by
Sir Laming Worthington-Evans, Bt
Secretary of State for War
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Crewe


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