Alfred Smith (British politician)

Alfred Smith (1860 12 February 1931) was a British trade unionist and politician.

Born in Brighton to a Catholic family, Smith held a variety of jobs before becoming a taxi driver in London. He also became president of the London Cab Drivers' Union, serving from 1906 to 1913, then worked full-time as an official of its successors, the United Vehicle Workers and then the Transport and General Workers' Union.[1]

Smith was also active in the Labour Party, and was elected to the council of the Municipal Borough of Willesden and also to Middlesex County Council. He stood in East Dorset at the 1918 general election, then switched to Leyton West in 1922, 1923 and 1924, but never won the seat. At the 1929 general election, he instead stood in Sunderland and won one of the two seats. He died in February 1931, still in office.[1]


  1. 1 2 Michael Stenton and Stephen Lees, Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, vol.3, p.332
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Luke Thompson and
Sir Walter Raine
Member of Parliament for Sunderland
With: Marion Phillips
Succeeded by
Marion Phillips and
Luke Thompson
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