Ted Williams (politician)

Sir Edward John Williams, KCMG, PC (1890 – 16 May 1963) was a British Labour Party politician and diplomat.

After elementary school he went into the mines aged 12. Keen to educate himself, he rose to become secretary to a colliery company and in 1913 entered the Labour College in London as a student.[1] After three years Williams was appointed a provincial lecturer for the college, though the war disrupted the college and left him unemployed. Forced to return to mining in 1917, he became checkweigher and in 1919 miners' agent to the Garw district of the South Wales Miners' Federation.[1]

He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Ogmore at a by-election in May 1931, and represented the constituency until 1946. From 1946 to 1952 he served as High Commissioner to Australia.


  1. 1 2 'Sir Edward Williams: A Long Career of Public Service', The Times, 18 May 1963, p. 10
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Vernon Hartshorn
Member of Parliament for Ogmore
Succeeded by
John Evans
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Noah Ablett
Checkweighman at Mardy Colliery
Succeeded by
Arthur Horner
Preceded by
Frank Hodges
Agent of the Garw District of the South Wales Miners' Federation
1919 1931
Succeeded by
Richard Bennetta
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Ronald Cross
High Commissioner to Australia
Succeeded by
Sir Stephen Holmes

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