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John Golding (British politician)

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John Golding (March 9, 1931 - January 20, 1999) was a British politician and Trade Union leader.

He was educated at Chester Grammar School, Keele University and the London School of Economics. After some time working in the Civil Service he took up a research job with the Post Office Engineering Union.

He was elected Member of Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme at a by-election in 1969. He served in the governments of Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan, as PPS to Eric Varley as Minister of Technology, a Labour whip in opposition, and Minister for Employment. He was an outspoken opponent of Labour left-wingers such as Tony Benn and Eric Heffer, whom he regarded as idle dreamers out of touch with the working-class.

In 1986 he left Parliament (by applying for the Chiltern Hundreds) to take up the post of General Secretary of the National Communications Union. He held this post until 1988 when forced to resign in a sex scandal. He had served as a member of the council of the Trades Union Congress.

After he vacated the seat of Newcastle-under-Lyme, the seat was won by his wife Llin, who held it until 2001.

John Golding's most unusual claim to fame is that he once made a speech in committee lasting eleven hours and fifteen minutes. It nominally concerned a small amendment to the bill to privatise British Telecom.This filibuster was instrumental in delaying the privatisation until after the 1983 General Election, but with Margaret Thatcher obtaining a massive parliamentary majority the privatisation was soon forced through. Changes in British parliamentary procedure mean that Golding's record is unlikely ever to be beaten.

External link

Obituary - Right at the heart of Labour (http://pawilton.net/keelealumni/KeeleLife/John_Golding.htm)

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