William Graham (Scottish politician)

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The Right Honourable
William Graham
President of the Board of Trade
In office
7 June 1929 – 24 August 1931
Monarch George V
Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald
Preceded by Philip Cunliffe-Lister
Succeeded by Philip Cunliffe-Lister
Personal details
Born (1887-07-29)29 July 1887
Peebles, Scotland
Died 8 January 1932(1932-01-08) (aged 44)
Hendon, Middlesex, England
Resting place Hendon, Middlesex, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Occupation Politician

William Graham PC (29 July 1887 – 8 January 1932) was a British Labour politician.

Born in Peebles, he was educated at Peebles Public School and George Heriot's School, Edinburgh. After a time as a junior clerk in the War Office, he became a journalist.

He joined the Independent Labour Party in 1906, and was elected to Edinburgh Town Council in 1913. He gained an MA from University of Edinburgh in 1915, and was later awarded an Honorary LLD by the University in 1927.

He served as Labour MP for Edinburgh Central from 1918 until 1931. Early in his parliamentary career he found himself at odds with many Labour MPs and contemplated joining the Liberals. He held office as Financial Secretary to the Treasury in 1924 (when he was sworn as a Privy Councillor) and as President of the Board of Trade from 1929-31. He was responsible for the Coal-Mines Bill, several overseas missions, and industrial inquiries. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1924. He also served on the Royal Commissions on income-tax in 1919, and Oxford and Cambridge in 1920-1921, and was a Member of the Speaker's Conference on Devolution in 1919-1920. He was also a Member of the Medical Research Council from 1920-1928.

He was joint Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 1931 until his death.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Edward Price
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh Central
Succeeded by
James Guy
Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Guinness
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Succeeded by
Ronald McNeill
Preceded by
Philip Cunliffe-Lister
President of the Board of Trade
Succeeded by
Philip Cunliffe-Lister