Wednesday 22 April 2009

Albert Ernest Stubbs - Cambridgeshire

Albert Ernest Stubbs
Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire

Born 1877

Albert Stubbs was a native of Yorkshire, Stubbs moved to Cambridge in 1914 to take up employment as a Printing Machinist. Two years later he was President of the Cambridge Trades & Labour Council.

In 1919 he was appointed as full time organiser for the Workers Union (later TGWU), organising agricultural workers in Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely area. A post he retired from in 1944.

He served for twenty six years on Cambridg
e City Council (1923-1949) and was elected to Cambridgeshire County Council in 1931 and served on this body until his death in 1962.

Stubbs stood as a Parliamentary candidate in Cambridge in 1918, 1922 and 1923, only narrowly failing to win the seat by 679 votes in 1923.

In 1945 Stubbs was elected as Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire, securing 18,714 votes and a 44 vote majority over his Tory opponent.

Albert Ernest Stubbs died 4th January 1962

Stubbs election illustrates that rural socialism was alive and well in Cambridgeshire in the 1940's, Even today, in every village their are people still willing to stand up for those fundamental principles of hope and justice.

Above picture of Albert Ernest Stubbs campaigning in 1950;

Picture Right - Mayor Arthur "Leslie" Symonds Labour MP for Cambridge 1945.