Hamling contested Southport in 1945, Liverpool Wavertree in 1950 and 1951, Woolwich West in 1955 and 1959, and Torquay at the 1955 by-election. He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Woolwich West constituency from at the 1964 general election, and held the seat until his death in 1975, aged 62. The resulting Woolwich West by-election was won by the Conservative candidate Peter Bottomley.
Probably the author of A Short History of the Liverpool Trades Council, Liverpool Trades Council and Labour Party, 1948.
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1951 & 1966
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by William Hamling
- Catalogue of Hamling's papers, held at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick
- St Mary's Battersea (memorial window)
- Mr William Hamling: Former MP for Greenwich Woolwich West
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