- Arthur Bottomley
Before entering parliament he was a trade union organiser of the National Union of Public Employees (which later became part of UNISON). From 1929 to 1949 he was a councillor on Walthamstow Borough Council, and in 1945-1946 he was Mayor of Walthamstow.
He was first elected to parliament in the 1945 general election for the Chatham division of Rochester and he held the seat (later renamed Rochester and Chatham) until losing it in the 1959 general election to the Conservative Julian Critchley. He returned to parliament by winning Middlesbrough East in a by-election in 1962 and held the seat, and its successor Middlesbrough, until his retirement in 1983.
He was a junior minister in Clement Attlee's governments, being Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs (1946-47), Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations (1947) and Secretary for Overseas Trade at the Board of Trade (1947-51). In Harold Wilson's governments he was Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations (1964-66) — during which time he sought to deal with the consequences of Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence — and Minister of Overseas Development (1966-67).
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Arthur Bottomley
- Catalogue of the Bottomley papers at the Archives Division of the London School of Economics.
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded by
Leonard Frank Plugge
Member of Parliament for Chatham
Constituency abolished New constituency Member of Parliament for Rochester and Chatham
Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough East
Constituency abolished New constituency Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough
Political offices Preceded by
Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations
as Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs
Minister of Overseas Development
Secretary of State for International Development of the United Kingdom Minister of Overseas Development Secretary of State for International Development
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