Thomas Richards (Welsh politician)

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Thomas Richards in the mid-1900s

Thomas Richards (8 June 1859 – 7 November 1931) was a Welsh trade unionist and politician.

Richards was first elected as Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for West Monmouthshire at a by-election in 1904. In 1909, he was instructed by his trade union to resign the Liberal whip and take the Labour whip and at both the 1910 General Elections he stood as a Labour candidate. He held the seat until its abolition at the 1918 general election, when he was elected for the new Ebbw Vale constituency. He resigned from Parliament in 1920.

He was made a Privy Councillor in 1918. General Secretary of the South Wales Miners' Federation 1898–1931 and President of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain 1929–30.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir William Vernon Harcourt
Member of Parliament for West Monmouthshire
19041918
constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Ebbw Vale
19181920
Succeeded by
Evan Davies
Trade union offices
Preceded by
New position
President of the South Wales Miners Federation
1898–1931
Succeeded by
Oliver Harris
Preceded by
Stephen Walsh
Vice-President of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain
1924–1929
Succeeded by
Ebby Edwards
Preceded by
Herbert Smith
President of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain
1929–1930
Succeeded by
Ebby Edwards