Wignall was first elected at the 1918 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Forest of Dean division of Gloucestershire, defeating the sitting Liberal Party MP Sir Henry Webb, Bt. He was re-elected three times, in 1922, 1923 and 1924, and held the seat until his death in June 1925, aged 68. At the resulting by-election on 14 July, the seat was retained for Labour by Albert Arthur Purcell.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F"
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 360. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by James Wignall
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Henry Webb, Bt
| Member of Parliament for Forest of Dean
A. A. Purcell
|Trade union offices|
William Mullin and James O'Grady
| Trades Union Congress representative to the American Federation of Labour
With: William Abraham
David Gilmour and William Mosses
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