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TitleWigg; George Edward Cecil (1900-1983); Baron Wigg; politician
Extent195 boxes and 2 volumes
Admin Biographical HistoryGeorge Wigg was born in 1900 and after an early career in the army entered Parliament as
Lord Wigg had a lifelong interest in horseracing reflected in his involvement in the organisation of the sport
Career Chronology:
Born 1900
Served in the regular army (1919-1937) and Royal Army Education Corps (1940-1946).
MP for Dudley, 1945-1967
Parliamentary Private Secretary to Emanuel Shinwell, MP as Minister of Fuel and Power, Secretary of State for War and Minister of Defence (1945-1951)
Opposition Whip (1951-1954)
Member of the Racecourse Betting Control Board (1957-1961)
Member of the Totalisator Board (1961-1964)
Paymaster General (1964-1967)
Chairman, Horserace Betting Levy Board (1967-1972)
President, Betting Office Licensees Association (1973-1983)
Throughout his career Wigg maintained a close interest in defence and security issues.
DescriptionThe papers consist mainly of correspondence and memoranda relating to the political positions held by Lord Wigg and has been divided into the following sections:
1. Early life and personal papers
2. Early Political Career (1945-1951)
3. Labour Party Opposition (1951-1964)
4. Paymaster General (1964-1967)
5. Later Political Career (1967-1983)
6. General Elections (1945-1966)
7. Constituency Papers (1945-1966)
8. Horserace Betting Levy Board (1964-1972).
In addition there is further material relating to the Horserace Betting Levy Board which remains unlisted.
Access StatusMainly open; some items closed
Copyright TypeCopyright is held by the Library
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