The Lord Bottomley
|Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations|
16 October 1964 – 1 August 1966
|Prime Minister||Harold Wilson|
|Preceded by||Duncan Sandys|
|Succeeded by||Herbert Bowden|
|Minister of Overseas Development|
11 August 1966 – 29 August 1967
|Preceded by||Anthony Greenwood|
|Succeeded by||Reg Prentice|
Arthur George Bottomley
7 February 1907
|Died||3 November 1995 (aged 88)|
|Spouse||Dame Bessie Bottomley (m. 1936)|
Before entering parliament he was a trade union organiser of the National Union of Public Employees (which later became part of UNISON). From 1929 to 1949 he was a councillor on Walthamstow Borough Council, and in 1945–1946 he was Mayor of Walthamstow. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1941 Birthday Honours.
He was first elected to parliament in the 1945 general election for the Chatham division of Rochester and he held the seat (later renamed Rochester and Chatham) until losing it in the 1959 general election to the Conservative Julian Critchley. He returned to parliament by winning Middlesbrough East in a 1962 by-election and held the seat, and its successor Middlesbrough, until his retirement in 1983.
He was a junior minister in Clement Attlee's governments, being Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs (1946–47), Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations (1947) and Secretary for Overseas Trade at the Board of Trade (1947–51). In Harold Wilson's governments he was Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations (1964–66) — during which time he sought to deal with the consequences of Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence — and Minister of Overseas Development (1966–67).
Lord Bottomley died on 3 November 1995 aged 88.
Bessie Ellen Bottomley died in 1998 in Redbridge, Essex.
- The Use and Abuse of Trade Unions, London: Ampersand, 1963.
- With George Sinclair, Control of Commonwealth Immigration. An Analysis and Summary of the Evidence taken by the Select Committee on Race Relations and Immigration 1969–70. London: Runnymede Trust, 1970 (ISBN 9780902397033).
- Commonwealth, Comrades, and Friends, Somaiya Publications, 1986.