TitlePapers of James Wellbeloved, MP
DescriptionThe collection consists of papers and correspondence relating to James Wellbeloved in his roles as MP for the constituency of Erith and Crayford; as a Member of the Bexley London Borough Council and as Leader of its Labour Group; as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Minister for the Royal Air Force); as Chairman of the Catering Sub-Committee of the House of Commons Refreshment Department; and as a Member of the Labour Party.
It also consists of papers, pamphlets and correspondence collected by James Wellbeloved on particular subject areas: Thamesmead, Erith, Thames flood prevention, Southern Africa and the European Community.
Extent132 Items
Access StatusOpen
AdminHistoryJames Wellbeloved, born in 1926, was educated at the South East London Technical College. He served in the Royal Navy during the war, having joined as a boy seaman. He was a Member of Erith Borough Council 1950-56 and first Leader of Bexley London Borough Council 1965-66. He was a Member of Parliament for Erith and Crayford from 1965 until 1983, representing Labour until 1981 and the Social Democratic Party 1981-83. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Ministry of Defence 1967-69, holding the same position at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1969-70. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Minister for the Royal Air Force) 1976-79. He was the UK Representative at the North Atlantic Assembly 1972-76 and 1979-82. His book, "Local Government" was published in 1971.

Married with two sons and a daughter, his interests include camping and travel, and he has been National Vice-President of the Camping and Caravanning Club since 1974. He has also been Director General of the National Kidney Research Fund and a Director of the Greenwich and Bexley Cottage Hospice.

James Wellbeloved died on Monday 10th September 2012. He is survived by his wife, three children and four grandchildren.
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