James Chuter Ede

James Chuter Ede
The Right Honourable
The Lord Chuter-Ede
Home Secretary
In office
3 August 1945 – 26 October 1951
Prime Minister Clement Attlee
Preceded by Sir Donald Somervell
Succeeded by Sir David Maxwell Fyfe
Personal details
Born 11 September 1882 (2011-11-20T00:00:02)
Epsom, Surrey
Died 11 November 1965 (2011-11-20T00:00:03) (aged 83)
Ewell, Surrey
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Lilian Williams (d. 1948)
Alma mater Christ's College, Cambridge

James Chuter Ede, Baron Chuter-Ede CH, PC, DL (11 September 1882–11 November 1965) was a British teacher, trade unionist and Labour politician. He notably served as Home Secretary under Clement Attlee from 1945 to 1951.


Early life

Chuter Ede was born in Epsom, Surrey, the son of James Ede, a shopkeeper of Unitarian religious convictions, and his wife Agnes Mary (née Chuter). He was educated at Epsom National School, Dorking High School, Battersea P. T. Centre, Battersea, and Christ's College, Cambridge, and worked as a teacher (1905-1914), after which he was active within the National Union of Teachers.

Political career

He served between 1920 and 1927 on Epsom Urban District Council and Surrey County Council and was charter mayor of Epsom and Ewell in 1937. He was first elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Mitcham, at a by-election in March 1923. However, he lost the seat in December at the 1923 general election. He returned to Parliament at the 1929 general election, for the Tyneside seat of South Shields, but was defeated again at the 1931 election. He was re-elected at the 1935 general election, and held the seat until his retirement from the Commons at the 1964 general election.

In the wartime coalition he held junior ministerial office as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education. He was Home Secretary in the 1945 Labour government of Clement Attlee, and Leader of the House of Commons in 1951. He was closely involved in the drafting of the Butler Education Act and the Criminal Justice Act 1948, and established the Lynskey tribunal under Sir George Lynskey in 1948 to investigate allegation of corruption among ministers and civil servants. In 1964 he left the Commons and was created a life peer as Baron Chuter-Ede, of Epsom in the County of Surrey.


Chuter Ede married Lilian Mary, daughter of Richard Williams, in 1917. She died in 1948. Lord Chuter-Ede survived her by 17 years and died at Ewell, Surrey, in November 1965, aged 83. Chuter Ede Education Centre in South Shields is named after him. It was formerly a comprehensive school. Also Chuter Ede Primary School in Balderton, Notts.[1]



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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Cato Worsfold
Member of Parliament for Mitcham
Succeeded by
Sir Richard James Meller
Preceded by
Edward Augustine St. Aubyn Harney
Member of Parliament for South Shields
Succeeded by
Harcourt Johnstone
Preceded by
Harcourt Johnstone
Member of Parliament for South Shields
Succeeded by
Arthur Blenkinsop
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Donald Somervell
Home Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir David Maxwell Fyfe
Preceded by
Herbert Morrison
Leader of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
Harry Crookshank

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