He stood unsuccessfully as Labour candidate for the Clitheroe constituency in the general elections of 1931 and 1935 . He was elected a member of Barry Borough Council in 1931 , and became an alderman in 1939 ; he held his seat until he resigned in Nov. 1945 , having served as mayor of Barry in 1941-42 . He also served as Port Labour Inspector , South Wales Ports , during 1941-42 . In March 1937 he was made a J.P. for Glamorganshire . He also became Deputy Sheriff for the county and in 1951 was elevated chairman of Glamorgan magistrates . In the 1945 general election he was elected M.P. (L.) for the Bristol Central constituency. He was re-elected with a large majority in 1950 , 1951 , 1955 and 1959 , but decided to resign in 1964 . He was a member of a parliamentary deputation to Malaya in 1948 and a member of the Select Committee on Estimates in 1950-51 .
He was an enthusiastic prolific local historian and author of several important works including Labour's early struggles in Swansea ( 1949 ), Let us talk of Barry ( 1954 ), Llancarfan: the village of a thousand saints ( 1957 ), The story of St. Athan and Aberthaw ( 1959 ), I searched for Llantwit Major ( 1965 ), St. Donat's Castle and the Stradlings ( 1966 ), The Baptists in Barry for 150 years ( 1967 ), and Fourteen talks about Barry ( 1968 ). He also published many articles on aspects of local history .
He m. in 1911 , and he and his wife Elizabeth Jane had two sons and three daughters. His wife d. in Apr. 1969 and he d. 7 May 1969 .
Dr John Graham Jones, Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001