- Samuel Silkin, Baron Silkin of Dulwich
He was the second son of Lewis Silkin (afterwards Baron Silkin), a Labour
Member of Parliament(MP) and a minister in Clement Attlee's Cabinet from 1945 to 1950. His brother, John, was also an MP and Cabinet minister.
Samuel Silkin was educated at
Dulwich Collegeand Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He played two games of first-class cricketin 1938, one each for Cambridge University Cricket Cluband Glamorgan County Cricket Club. [cite web | url=http://cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Players/4/4639/4639.html | title=Sam Silkin | accessdate=2007-05-27 | publisher= CricketArchive]
He became a lawyer; he was called to the bar in 1941 and, in 1963, was raised to the rank of
Queen's Counsel. He chaired the Society of Labour Lawyers. He served as a councillor on Camberwell Borough Council from 1953 until 1959.
At the 1964 general election, Silkin was elected
Member of Parliamentfor the Dulwich constituency, adjoining his father's former constituency of Peckham. He was re-elected in Dulwich until his retirement at the 1983 general election.
From 1974 to 1979, he served as Attorney-General under Labour Prime Ministers
Harold Wilsonand James Callaghan. In 1985, after his retirement from politics, he was created a life peeras Baron Silkin of Dulwich, of North Leigh in the County of Oxfordshire.
Silkin died in 1988, aged 70. He left, by his first wife Elaine Stamp (whom he married in 1941), two sons and two daughters. He did not have any children by his widow, Sheila Swanston, whom he married in 1985 after his first wife's death.
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