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|| January 29, 1909
|| September 22, 1997
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|Info||Thomas George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy PC (29 January 1909 – 22 September 1997) was a British Labour Party politician and Speaker of the House of Commons. Born in Port Talbot, Wales, he initially worked as a teacher in both London and Cardiff. An MP from 1945 to 1983, he held office in Harold Wilson's 1964-1970 Labour administration, notably as Secretary of State for Wales from 1968 to 1970. As a junior minister at the Wales Office, he was one of the first on the scene of the Aberfan disaster in October 1966. In 1976 Thomas was elected Speaker of the House of Commons, in which role the first broadcasting of parliamentary proceedings brought him unprecedented public attention. He retired in 1983 and was elevated to the peerage as Viscount Tonypandy. He died unmarried in 1997. |
Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central 1945-1950, for Cardiff West 1950-1983. Chairman of Ways and Means 1974-1976, Speaker of the House of Commons 1976-1983.
Joint Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 1964-1966, Minister of State for Wales 1966-1967, Joint Minister of State for Commonwealth Affairs 1967-1968, Secretary of State for Wales 1968-1970.