Albert Booth

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The Right Honourable
Albert Booth
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
In office
14 July 1979 – 31 October 1983
Leader James Callaghan
Michael Foot
Preceded by Norman Fowler
Succeeded by John Prescott
Shadow Secretary of State for Employment
In office
4 May 1979 – 14 July 1979
Leader James Callaghan
Preceded by James Prior
Succeeded by Eric Varley
Secretary of State for Employment
In office
8 April 1976 – 4 May 1979
Prime Minister James Callaghan
Preceded by Michael Foot
Succeeded by James Prior
Minister of State for Employment
In office
5 March 1974 – 8 April 1976
Prime Minister James Callaghan
Preceded by Robin Chichester-Clark
Succeeded by Harold Walker
Member of Parliament
for Barrow and Furness
In office
31 March 1966 – 9 June 1983
Preceded by Walter Monslow
Succeeded by Cecil Franks
Personal details
Born (1928-05-28)28 May 1928
Died 6 February 2010(2010-02-06) (aged 81)
Political party Labour
Alma mater Northumbria University

Albert Edward Booth (28 May 1928 – 6 February 2010)[1] was a British left-wing[2] Labour Party politician.

Early life

Booth was educated at Marine School, South Shields and Rutherford College of Technology (Northumbria University). He was a design draughtsman. He served as a councillor on Tynemouth Council 1962-65.

Parliamentary Career

Booth contested Tynemouth in 1964. He was Member of Parliament for Barrow-in-Furness from 1966 to 1983, and was Secretary of State for Employment from 1976 to 1979 serving under James Callaghan. He also acted as the Labour Party's national Treasurer between 1983-1984.

After boundary changes, his seat was renamed Barrow and Furness, for the 1983 General Election but despite a 1979 majority of 7,741 he lost it to the Conservative Cecil Franks. This has often been attributed to Labour's unilateralist policy of nuclear disarmament, and Booth himself identified with that, leading a CND march through his constituency. However, his constituents were reliant on the defence industries, particularly shipbuilding, and this led to one of Labour's most unexpected defeats of the election.[3][4] However, a campaign against him centred in a local Catholic church, highlighting his record of voting in favour of women's right to choose to have an abortion, was also a significant factor.[5]

Later Life

Despite contesting Warrington South in 1987, Booth never won back a seat in Parliament.


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  5. family information

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Walter Monslow
Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness
Succeeded by
Cecil Franks
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Foot
Secretary of State for Employment
Succeeded by
James Prior
Party political offices
Preceded by
Eric Varley
Treasurer of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Sam McCluskie