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Typescript of "The life of Henry Broadhurst with a selection from hiscorrespondence".

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H. Hopkinson fl 1925

Hopkinson was a Methodist minister who first met Henry Broadhurst in 1889 atCromer, Norfolk

Henry Broadhurst 1840 - 1911

Henry Broadhurst was born at Littlemore, Oxfordshire, the son of a stonemasonBroadhurst worked as a stonemason, 1853 - 1872, settling in London, 1865. In1872 he became chairman of a masons' committee agitating for increased pay.He led his trade union to fix its headquarters permanently in London, givingthe central committee power to negotiate for whole membership, thus establishingrepresentative democracy in trade unions. Broadhurst was elected Secretary ofthe Labour Representation League, 1873 and elected Secretary of the ParliamentaryCommittee of Trades Union Congress, 1875. From 1880 to 1885 he was Liberal MP forStoke-on-Trent, 1880 - 1885; Bordesley 1885 - 1886; West Nottingham 1886 - 1892;and Leicester 1894 - 1906. From February to July 1886 he was Under-Secretary ofState for the Home Department. Broadhurst was also a member of royal commissionson housing of working classes (1884) and on the aged poor (1892).

His publications include:

  • Henry Broadhurst, MP: the story of his life from a stonemason's bench to thetreasury bench (1901)


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