Martin Flannery

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Martin Henry Flannery (2 March 1918 – 16 October 2006) was a British politician. Originally a Communist, he continued to hold decidedly left-wing views after he joined the Labour Party, and was Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hillsborough for 18 years, from February 1974 to 1992.

Flannery was born in Hillsborough, in Sheffield. His father, who was born in County Tipperary,Profile of (and by) Flannery in The House Magazine, 21 February 1986 was a foreman at a steel works (and a former soldier in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, The Guardian, 19 October 2006 He attended Sheffield College of Education and Sheffield Teachers' Training College, and began to work as a teacher, but then volunteered to join the British Army in the Second World War. He joined the 1st Battalion, Royal Scots; he was sent to India in 1942, and was wounded in Burma in 1945. He was a warrant officer when he was demobilised.

He married in 1949, and had one son and two daughters.

He resumed teaching at a primary school in Sheffield in 1946. He was opposed to corporal punishment. He became headteacher of Crookesmoor Junior School in Sheffield in 1969. He...
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