R. Patrick Bartley, who won Chester-le-Street for Labour with a majority of nearly 25,000, is the first former student of the Catholic Workers' College, Oxford, to become an M.P. He was appointed assistant labour director to the North B Region of the Ministry of Fuel and Power, and is now conciliation officer for the Durham division of the National Coal Board.
He is on the speakers' panel of the Tyneside Catholic Social Guild and a lecturer for the Catholic Evening Schools Committee in Newcastle, After working some years as a miner, he went to the Workers' College in 1930 and won a diploma in Economics and Political Science at Oxford.
Returning to Durham he became secretary of the Washington Lodge of the Durham Mineworkers' Association.
In 1934 he was elected to the local urban district council and from 1937
until 1949 was a Durham county councillor.
The 21 other Catholic M.P.s are : Mr, Walter Edwards (Lab„ Stepney), who defeated the Communist Mr. P. Piratin with a majority of more than 27,000, was Civil Lord of the Admiralty throughout the last Parliament. Formerly a petty officer stoker, he was the first man to go direct from the lower deck to the Commons.
Mr. John Wheatley, K.C. (Lab., East Edinburgh) entered the Commons in 1947, soon became Solicitor-General for Scotland and Lord Advocate a few months later. Aged 41, he is the son of the late Mr. John Wheatley, Minister of Health in the first Labour Government.
Mr. R. Ewan (Lab., South Sunderland) is 45 arid became an M.P. in 1945. He has been a member of the South Shields Council and of the North Riding County Council, and is Tees-side area organiser of the General and Municipal Workers' Union.
Mr. W. T. Wells (Lab., Walsall) became a Catholic about a year ago. He was educated at Lancing College and lealliol College, Oxford, and is a barrister and authority on international law. He is 42.
Mr. H. J. Delargy (Lab.. Thurrock) represented a Manchester division in the last Parliament. Now 41, he has been a teacher, journalist. labourer and a staff captain on General Eisenhower's H.Q.
Mr. John McGovern (Lab., Shettleston) was a master plumber and insurance agent. Once regarded as a stormy petrel of the Labour movement, he led hunger marchers and was arrested several times for his part in free speech campaigns. Formerly a member of the I.L.P., he joined the Labour Party in 1937. One of his two sons became a priest.
Mr. Wilfrid Burke (Lab., Burnley) was first elected in 1935, and was Assistant Postmaster General from 1945 to 1947. He is an official of the National Unien of Distributive and Allied Workers.
Mr. I. McKay (Lab., Wa I lsen di who entered the Commons in 1945, was a miner at the age of 12. He has been a member of the Newcastle City Council.
Mrs. A. Culleu (Lab., Gorbals, Glasgow) became an M.P. last year at a by-election. For 10 years she has been a member of the Glasgow Corporation, and is a magistrate. Mr. J. Trimmons (Lab., Bothwell), a miner at the age of 12, who has been a union official for over 30 years. and a member of the Lanark County Council, entered the Commons in 1945.
Dr. El. B. Morgan (Lab„ Warrington) is a specialist in industrial diseases and medical adviser to trade unions. He was M.P. for the London constituency of North-West Cambetwell and for Rochdale, and served on theGreenwich and Paddington Councils before going to Warrington.
M.P. 20 years
Mr. David Logan (Lab., Scotland, Liverpool) sits for Mr. T. P. O'Connor's old constituency. Aged 78. he is the senior Catholic M P having been in the Commons for 20 years.
Mr.. Tom O'Brien (Lab., Northwest Nottingham), aged 50, is gendral secretary of the National Association of Theatrical and Kine Employees and a member of the T.U.C. General Council. He served in the first World War when he was only 15. In this election he defeated another Catholic, Mr. T. Gardner (Con.).
Mr. Richard Stokes (Lab., Ipswich) is an old Downside boy and chairman and managing director
of Ransornes and Rapier, Ltd. In the first World War he won the Military Cross and the Croix-deGuerre as an artilleryman.
Mr. Robert Mellish (Lab., Bermondsey). won the new dockside constituency with a majority of more than 20,000. He entered the Commons in 1947 as M.P. for Rotherhithe after serving as a captain in the Royal Engineers. He is an official of the Transport and General Workers' Union.
The Hon. Hugh Fraser (Con., Stafford and Stone) is the brother of Lord Lovat and entered the Commons in 1945. He is 32.
Mr. Christopher Hollis (Con., Devizes), convert son of a former Bishop of Taunton and Old Etonian. taught for 10 years at Stonyhurst
and later at Downside, and is an author, publisher, lecturer and member of the Tablet's editorial board. Aged 47, he served during the last war in the R.A.F.
Cot 0. E. Crosthwalte-Eyre (Con., New Forest), an old Downside boy, is a publisher. From the ranks he rose to the rank of colonel in the Royal Marines during the last war, and was a staff officer in the invasion of Europe. An ancestor served in Parliament in Queen Elizabeth's reign.
Mr. William Burke Team (Con.. Pavilion, Brighton) entered the Commons six years ago when he was 41. At 26 he was chairman of the Catholic Emigration Society, and has since become well known as a IA Tiler, world traveller and lecturer. He served in the last war in the R.A.F.
Mr. Cahir Healy (Irish Nationalist, Fermanagh and South Tyrone) is vice-chairman of the Irish Anti
Partition League. He has been a member of both the British and Northern Ireland Parliaments, and has been interned by both the British and Northern Ireland Governments. He is 72.
Mr. A. Mulvey (Irish Nationalist, Mid-Ulster) is a newspaper editor and has been in journalism for 40 years. He Was first returned as a .Nationalist for Fermanagh and Tyrone in 1935, but did not attend Parliament because of the Nationalist abstention policy. The policy was later altered and when he was returned again in 1945 he took his seat.