Remembering Willie Gallacher: Scotland’s last Communist MP

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Remembering Willie Gallacher: Scotland’s last Communist MP

IT was in this week in 1965 that Scotland’s last Communist MP Willie Gallacher passed away. Gallacher is often thought to have been the only Communist MP in Scotland but Walton Newbold stood as a Communist in Motherwell in 1922, only to lose the seat a year later. Gallacher won West Fife in 1935 and kept the seat until 1950, making him the longest-serving of the four Communist MPs elected to Parliament in the 20th century.

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Remembering Willie Gallacher: Scotland’s last Communist MP