Alex Eadie

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Alex Eadie

Scottish Labour politician add

Category: Politics

Born in 1920.

Countries: United Kingdom (44%), Italy (33%), Europe (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Margaret Herbison, Oxfordshire, Eric Varley

Linked to: Scottish Labour Party, Scottish National Party, European Commission, Scottish Labour Party executive




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Alex Eadie was born in 1920 add something


Eadie was married twice, firstly in 1941 to Jemima Ritchie; she died in 1981 add something


Eadie joined the Scottish Labour Party in 1943, and was elected Scottish president of the Young Co-Operators in 1945 add something


Eadie contested Ayr in 1959 and 1964, losing the second time to George Younger add something


Eadie stood for the Scottish presidency of the National Union of Mineworkers in 1961 against Alex Moffat, brother of the outgoing president Abe Moffat add something


He was subsequently in 1965 elected to the Scottish NUM executive, representative for the county of Clackmannanshire add something


In 1966 a vacancy arose in the mining constituency of Midlothian add something


After co-sponsoring David Steel's Private Member's Bill which became the Abortion Act 1967, in January 1967 he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Minister of Social Security, Margaret Herbison add something


In the early 1970s, Eadie put forward a Private Members Bill that would have established the principle that no child in Scotland should be treated as incapable of being educated add something


Wilson appointed Eadie opposition spokesman on energy in 1973, and served as junior minister for Energy during the Labour government of 1974 to 1979, serving under ministers Eric Varley and Tony Benn add something


After he became a junior minister in February 1974, he handed over the brief to Hamish Gray, Conservative MP for Ross and Cromarty, with whom he became firm friends add something


Eadie promoted research into wave, tidal and geothermal energy, and in 1976 secured the Joint European Torus nuclear fusion project for Oxfordshire, when the European Commission recommendation was for Italy add something


In 1983 he married his second wife Janice Murdoch add something


His seat remained safe until his retirement in 1992, the only scare coming in 1974 when the Scottish National Party reduced his majority to just over 4,000 add something

Alex Eadie died in 2012 add something


After a period of illness, Eadie died at his home in East Wemyss, Fife, on 26 January 2012 add something