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From Crow-Scaring to Westminster; an Autobiography   By: (1850-1933)

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FROM CROW SCARING TO WESTMINSTER

GEORGE EDWARDS, M.P., O.B.E.

Foreword by The Rt. Hon. LORD AILWYN of HONINGHAM

Introduction by W. R. SMITH, M.P.

[Illustration: Claud Harris

GEORGE EDWARDS, M.P., O.B.E.]

FROM CROW SCARING TO WESTMINSTER

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

BY GEORGE EDWARDS, M.P., O.B.E.

Foreword by THE RT. HON. LORD AILWYN OF HONINGHAM (EX MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE)

Introduction by W. R. SMITH, M.P. (PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF AGRICULTURAL WORKERS)

Illustrated

[Illustration: Logo]

LONDON: THE LABOUR PUBLISHING COMPANY LTD. 6 TAVISTOCK SQUARE.

First published 1922

( All rights reserved )

Printed in Great Britain by UNWIN BROTHERS, LIMITED, THE GRESHAM PRESS, LONDON AND WOKING

FOREWORD

BY THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD AILWYN OF HONINGHAM, P.C. (Ex Minister of Agriculture) ( Chairman of the Norfolk County Council )

Norfolk has produced many men of whom it may be proud and among them is the author of this book.

I am glad to know that his friends have induced Mr. George Edwards to write the story of his life, and it is with great pleasure that I have assented to his request to write a few introductory words, as I have known him for a number of years and been associated with him in a great deal of public work.

On many subjects George Edwards and I may not agree, but on two points at least we are united in love for Norfolk and in devotion to the interests of agriculture.

Born at Marsham in 1850, the son of a farm worker, George Edwards is a notable example of the way in which adverse circumstances may be overcome by determination and natural ability. The greater part of his life has been devoted to efforts to improve the conditions of the class to which he belongs.

He may, on looking back in the light of experience, reflect as most men on reaching his age must reflect that he has made some mistakes, but all who know him will agree that if he has done so, they have been mistakes of the head and not of the heart.

His honesty of purpose and sincerity of aim, his straightforwardness and conscientiousness, his strong religious principles, are recognized by all who have the pleasure of his acquaintance.

He is a valued member of the Norfolk County Council and a respected Justice of the Peace.

As one of the representatives of Norfolk in the House of Commons, he enjoys the confidence and respect of men of all classes, including many who do not share his political views.

It is with sincere pleasure and the most hearty goodwill that I commend to all who appreciate the record of a strenuous career spent in the pursuit of worthy aims this self told story of the life of a distinguished Norfolk man.

AILWYN. August 1922.

CONTENTS

PAGE FOREWORD 5

INTRODUCTION 11

CHAPTER

I. THE HUNGRY FORTIES 15

II. A WAGE EARNER 22

III. EDUCATION AT LAST 31

IV. PIONEERS AND VICTIMS 37

V. DARE TO BE A UNION MAN 54

VI. A DEFEAT AND A VICTORY 61

VII. DARK DAYS 75

VIII. FAREWELLS 90

IX. RESURRECTIONS 98

X. SUCCESS AT LAST 107

XI. UNREST 124

XII. THE GREAT STRIKE 136

XIII. DEFEAT 156

XIV. PARTING FROM OLD FRIENDS 173

XV. THE NEW MODEL 178

XVI. THE GREAT WAR 190

XVII. THE LABOUR PARTY 201

XVIII. PARLIAMENT 221

INDEX 238

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GEORGE EDWARDS, M.P., O.B.E. Frontispiece

TO FACE PAGE THE AUTHOR'S BIRTHPLACE, MARSHAM, NORFOLK 18

MR. AND MRS. EDWARD'S FIRST HOME AFTER MARRIAGE, OULTON NEXT AYLSHAM, NORFOLK 32

THE FIRST OFFICE OF THE AGRICULTURAL WORKERS' UNION, GRESHAM, NORFOLK 156

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