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Lawrence Cunliffe (born 25 March 1929) is a retired British Labour Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Leigh from 1979 to 2001.

Lawrence Cunliffe
Member of Parliament
for Leigh
In office
3 May 1979 – 7 June 2001
Preceded byHarold Boardman
Succeeded byAndy Burnham
Personal details
Born (1929-03-29) 29 March 1929 (age 90)
Walkden, Lancashire, England
Political partyLabour


Early lifeEdit

Cunliffe was born in Walkden, Lancashire, in 1929. He was a National Coal Board engineer, and became involved in the National Union of Mineworkers.

Parliamentary careerEdit

He first stood for Parliament in Rochdale. There, he lost the previously Labour-held seat to the Liberal candidate Cyril Smith at a by-election in 1972, and was again defeated by Smith at the subsequent general election in February 1974.

Cunliffe served as the Member of Parliament for Leigh from 1979 until he retired from the House of Commons at the 2001 general election.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harold Boardman
Member of Parliament for Leigh
Succeeded by
Andy Burnham