Red Clydeside: A history of the labour movement in Glasgow 1910-1932


Election address of John Wheatley, Labour candidate for Shettleston, Oct 1924

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Election address of John Wheatley, Minister of Health in the first Labour government of 1922, for the Shettleston constituency in Glasgow in the October 1924 general election.

John Wheatley was an influential figure in the labour movement during the Red Clydeside period, as a leader of the rent strikes of 1915 and as a vociferous opponent of Britain's involvement in the first world war and the introduction of conscription. As a member of the Independent Labour Party, Wheatley was elected MP for the Shettleston constituency of Glasgow in the 1922 election and became Minister of Health in the first Labour government.

Wheatley is widely regarded as the principal architect of the 1924 Housing Act whose main provision saw a massive programme of house building to provide Britain's working class with decent housing at affordable rents.