Alexander Gordon Cameron

Cameron, while secretary of the ASC&J

Alexander Gordon Cameron (15 June 1876[1] – 30 May 1944) was a British trade unionist and Labour Party politician.[2]


Cameron was born in 1876 in Oban, Argyll, and served his apprenticeship as a joiner in Glasgow.[3] On becoming a journeyman he moved to London, where he became an active member of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners (ASC&J), becoming the union's shipping delegate in 1912, and assistant general secretary in 1915, and general secretary in 1919. When the ASC&J became part of the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers in 1921, Cameron was its first general secretary.[4]

He was nominated by his union as a parliamentary candidate for the Independent Labour Party. After failing to become the prospective candidate for Glasgow Camlachie in 1908, and the ASC&J declined an invitation to sponsor him as candidate for Coventry in the following year.[5] He stood unsuccessfully at Liverpool Kirkdale at the January 1910 general election and again at a by-election later in the year. In the December 1910 general election he was defeated at Jarrow, where Labour lost to the Liberals.[6]

In 1914 Cameron was elected to the executive of the Labour Party, a position he was to retain for many years.[3][7] In 1917 he was appointed by the Coalition Government to be one of the Scottish members of the Commission on Industrial Unrest.[8] In 1918 he again failed to be elected to parliament, this time at Woolwich West.[9]

In 1920 Cameron was part of the Labour Party delegation to the Second International in Geneva.[10] He was elected chairman of the Labour Party for 1920/21.[4] In 1925 ill health led to his resigning from his posts as representative to the Socialist International and general secretary of the woodworkers' union.[4][11]

At the 1929 general election Cameron finally succeeded in being elected, becoming MP for Widnes. He was however defeated at the next election in 1931 when there was a large swing against Labour.

Cameron retired from politics, and at the time of his death in a London hospital in 1944, was described as a building contractor.[3]


  1. ^ 1939 England and Wales Register
  2. ^ Who's Who
  3. ^ a b c "Obituary: Mr A. G. Cameron" The Times, 31 May 1944 p.8
  4. ^ a b c "Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers including the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners". Trade Union Ancestors. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2008.
  5. ^ Election Intelligence, The Times, 10 December 1908, p.11, 8 May 1909, p.12
  6. ^ County Constituencies, The Times, 21 November 1910, p.9
  7. ^ The Times, 30 January 1914, p.8
  8. ^ Labour Unrest Commissioners, The Times, 16 June 1917, p.3
  9. ^ The Election, The Times, 25 November 1918, p.9
  10. ^ The Second International, The Times, 20 July 1920, p.9
  11. ^ News in Brief, The Times, 26 February 1925, p.9

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Christopher Clayton
Member of Parliament for Widnes
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Roland Robinson
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William Harold Hutchinson
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Fred Jowett
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Assistant General Secretary of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners
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Frank Wolstencroft
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Francis Chandler
General Secretary of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners
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General Secretary of the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers
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