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John Edmund Swan (1877 – 9 Feb 1956)[1] was a Labour Party politician in England.

Swan was born in Dipton, County Durham. He became a coal miner, and was later elected as checkweighman, also becoming active in the Durham Miners' Association (DMA).[2]

He was elected at the 1918 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Barnard Castle in County Durham, but lost his seat at the 1922 election to the Conservative Party candidate, John Edwin Rogerson.[3]

Out of Parliament, Swan devoted his time to the DMA, and he was elected as its general secretary in 1935, serving until 1945. He also remained active in the Labour Party, serving on its National Executive Committee from 1932 until 1941, and on both the Annfield Plain Urban District Council, and the Lanchester Board of Guardians.[2]

In his spare time, Swan wrote the novels The Mad Miner and People of the Night, and the play, On the Minimum.[2]


  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Stenton, Michael; Lees, Stephen (1979). Who's Who of British Members of Parliament. III. Brighton: Harvester Press. p. 348. ISBN 0855273259.
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 338. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Arthur Henderson
Member of Parliament for Barnard Castle
Succeeded by
John Edwin Rogerson
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Peter Lee
General Secretary of the Durham Miners' Association
Succeeded by
Sam Watson