Sunday, October 25, 2009

Harmondsworth Labour Party 1927


Harmondsworth branch of the Labour Party was established in 1927 as part of the Spelthorne Divisional Labour Party with Mr L.M. Benen-Stock as Secretary

Benen- Stock stated that he "Felt sure that the new party (Harmondsworth) would soon rank as one of the finest in the Spethorne Division"

Mr John Guild was Spelthorne Labour Party Divisional Chairman and Mr Lovett was Divisional Secretary.

At the Spelthorne Labour Party AGM in 1929 it was stated that it was the view of many local Labour councillor's that "a great obstacle in the area ti the election of labour members was the fact that such councils held their meetings during the day time, therefore, debarring the ordinary worker from attending".

1977: L.M. Benen-Stock OBE, BSc made Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Spelthorne. A road in Staines is called Benen Stock.

Prominent Labour Councillor Keith Dobson of Candover Close, Harmondsworth lived and is buried in the village.