MR HUGH DELARGY. Labour MP for Thurrock since 1950 and a prominent Catholic, died in a London hospital on Tuesday, aged 67. He collapsed the day after, as chairman of the Commons Selection Committee, he had defended himself and the Government against Conservative charges that they had "rigged" the Parliamentary committees.
He had used his casting vote as chairman of the Selection Committee to reject Opposition demands that the Government and Opposition parties should now have equal numbers on new committees because Labour was now in an overall minority.
Mr Delargy was born in Manchester, the son of Bernard Delargy of Co Antrim. He was educated in Manchester in elementary and secondary schools before going to Castlehead College, Cumbria, run by the Holy Ghost Fathers. Later he went to Paris and Rome, where he became a bachelor of divinity and canon law at the Gregorian University.
He was elected in 1937 to Manchester City Council and for many years took a prominent part in its.work, although this career was interrupted by five years' war service in the Royal Artillery. He became a captain on the staff at SHAEF, and was mentioned in dispatches.
While still a serving officer he was selected by the Labour Party aS candidate for the Platting Division of Manchester, for which he was returned in 1945. He became secretary of the
"Friends of Ireland" group in
the Commons, which supported the campaign to end partition.
But he kept a sense of proportion about the English and Irish, and when a history professor said the English were in no position to judge Germany over the concentration camps, he replied that the Germans had killed more Germans irr one camp in one week than the English had killed in Ireland in 700 years.