William Winter Hamilton (26 June 1917 – 23 January 2000) was a British politician who served as a Labour Member of Parliament for constituencies in Fife, Scotland, between 1950 and 1987. He was known for his strong republican views.
|Member of Parliament|
for West Fife
1950 – February 1974
|Preceded by||Willie Gallacher|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
|Member of Parliament|
for Central Fife
February 1974 – 1987
|Preceded by||New constituency|
|Succeeded by||Henry McLeish|
William Winter Hamilton
26 June 1917
|Died||23 January 2000 (aged 82)|
(1) Joan Callow
(m. 1944; died 1968)
(2) Margaret Cogle (m. 1982)
|Children||1 son and 1 daughter (by first wife)|
|Education||Washington Grammar School|
|Alma mater||Sheffield University|
Born in Houghton-le-Spring, the son of a County Durham miner, Hamilton joined the Labour Party as a teenager in 1936. He was educated at Washington Grammar School and Sheffield University (BA, DipEd), and following graduation became a schoolteacher. After initially being a conscientious objector in World War II, he served as a captain with the Pioneer Corps in the Middle East.
In 1987 Hamilton was replaced as Labour candidate in Fife Central by Henry McLeish, and stood in the ultra-safe Conservative seat of South Hams in Devon, South-West England, where he came third, polling just 8% of the vote.
He sponsored the equal pay for equal work bill in the 1970s but is best remembered for his stridently anti-royalist views, which he set out in detail in his book My Queen and I. He branded the Queen "a clockwork doll", Princess Margaret "a floozy", and Prince Charles "a twerp". However, he admired the Queen Mother, declaring on her 80th birthday: "I am glad to salute a remarkable old lady. May she live to be the pride of the family."
In 1944, Hamiliton married Joan Callow (died 1968), with whom he had a daughter and a son. He married his second wife Margaret Cogle in 1982 and for the last 13 years the couple lived in Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire. Willie Hamilton died in Lincoln in 2000, aged 82.
- "HAMILTON, William Winter". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2018 (online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
- George Hume, journalist (27 January 2000). "UK | Scotland | Tributes paid to veteran anti-royalist". BBC News. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
- Hamilton, Willie (1975). My Queen and I. Quartet Books. ISBN 978-0704320536.
- "Biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother - with a Scottish Flavour". Rampantscotland.com. 8 November 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
- Roth, Andrew (27 January 2000). "MP who was an outspoken critic of the royal family". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Willie Hamilton
- BBC report of death of Willie Hamilton
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for West Fife
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Central Fife