Bill O'Brien (British politician)
Sir Bill O'Brien
|Member of Parliament|
10 June 1983 – 11 April 2005
|Preceded by||Albert Roberts|
|Succeeded by||Ed Balls|
|Born||25 January 1929|
|Alma mater||University of Leeds|
Born in the historic West Yorkshire market town of Pontefract, O'Brien was previously a miner from 1946–83 and local councillor on Wakefield Council from 1973-83. He stood unsuccessfully for the post of Secretary for the Yorkshire region of the National Union of Mineworkers in 1973, losing to Owen Briscoe from the Yorkshire Left group. He was considered the moderate candidate from the moderate Glasshoughton colliery, whereas Briscoe was a militant from Armthorpe Colliery.
O'Brien entered the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for Normanton at the 1983 general election, and re-elected at four further general elections until he retired at the 2005 general election. He was named Knight Bachelor in 2010.
He married Jean Scofield and they have three daughters.
The Prince of Wales Colliery 
- Winterton, Jonathan; Winterton, Ruth (1989). Coal, Crisis, and Conflict: The 1984–85 Miners' Strike in Yorkshire. Manchester University Press. p. 18. ISBN 9780719025488.
- Sir Bill O'Brien (2011). Pontefract Heritage Series: The Prince of Wales Colliery. Pontefract Road, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire, WF11 8PL United Kingdom: Pen2Pen. ISBN 978-0-9559026-1-1.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Normanton
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