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Wilfred Paling (7 April 1883 - 17 April 1971) was a British Labour politician.

He was born at Maarehay, near Ripley, Derbyshire, and was educated at Ripley Elementary School. He worked in the mines as a boy. He later studied mining at university, and worked as a colliery checkweighman at Bulcroft Colliery.

He was a member of Yorkshire West Riding County Council 1919-1923, and was elected Member of Parliament for the Yorkshire constituencies of Doncaster, 1922-1931; Wentworth, 1933-1950; and Dearne Valley, 1950-1959. He had the largest majority of any MP in the 1945 general election - 35,410.

Paling was a Junior Lord of the Treasury 1929-1931; Labour's deputy Chief Whip, 1935-41; a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, 1940-1941; Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Pensions, 1941-1945; Minister of Pensions, 1945-1947; and Postmaster-General, 1947-1950.

He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1944.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Reginald Nicholson
Member of Parliament for Doncaster
Succeeded by
Hugh Molson
Preceded by
George Henry Hirst
Member of Parliament for Wentworth
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Dearne Valley
Succeeded by
Edwin Wainwright
Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Womersley
Minister of Pensions
Succeeded by
John Hynd
Preceded by
Earl of Listowel
Succeeded by
Ness Edwards


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