Labout MP Pete Curran lived here


Labout MP Pete Curran lived here

Pioneer of the Labour Party and union movement.

Location: 1 Pretoria Avenue, Walthamstow

Description: Pete Curran was the first Labour MP elected in the North East of England, winning a by-election in Jarrow in 1907. He was a key figure in the start of the Labour Party and Trade Union movement.

He and died in this house and crowds lined the route here for his funeral to Leytonstone in 1910.

His great grandson Graham Reeve wrote the following at the centenary of his death in 2010:

Pete Curran was born in Glasgow in 1860 of Irish descent and was one of the first leaders of the Labour and Trade Union movement. He was a comrade of well known historical Labour leaders including Keir Hardie, Ramsay Macdonald and Will Thorne.

Before he became MP for Jarrow he was the National Organiser of the Gasworkers Union and the Chairman of the first Management Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions in 1899.

Pete moved to London at about this time and worked at Woolwich Arsenal as a hammer man and became a full time union officer.

He also spent time in Plymouth where he was sentenced to 6 weeks in prison for organising a strike on behalf of the harbour workers.

He was a real socialist and pioneer and a hero in the origins of the labour movement.

He was a strong willed man, a born leader and political organiser but his achievements have largely been forgotten.

Themes: PoliticsPolitics Theme
Labout MP Pete Curran lived here

Pioneer of the Labour Party and union movement.

Ranking This Month: 2578/2930

Pages Hit This Month: 6


Other places nearby:


Embassy of Ecuador and Assange», 7.9km

PM David Lloyd George lived here», 10.km

Lord Dunraven Lived here», 7.1km

A Political Inspiration», 6.7km

Leyton-lad teaches Emperor», 2.7km

Winston's First Married Home», 7.8km

Napolean lived here», 6.2km

Benjamin Franklin's House», 6.4km

A Very Long Speech», 6.8km

Alexander Herzen lived here», 233km

Location Pinpointed: