Maurice Edelman

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Maurice Edelman (2 March 1911 – 14 December 1975) was a British Labour Party politician and novelist who represented Coventry constituencies in the House of Commons for over 30 years.

Early life

Maurice Edelman was born in Cardiff in 1911. His parents came to Wales in 1905, escaping the pogroms in Russia and Poland. He was educated at Cardiff High School and Trinity College, Cambridge and joined the plywood industry in 1931 as a company director.

Writing career

Edelman was a prolific journalist and author of several works of fiction and non fiction. During the 2nd World War he worked for Picture Post as a war correspondent in North Africa.

Political Career and Death

At the 1945 election Edelman was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Coventry West. In 1950, he won in the new seat of Coventry North. He was a vice-chairman of the British Council and chairman of the Franco-British Parliamentary Relations Committee.

Following further boundary changes in 1974, Edelman represented Coventry North West until his death in 1975. His successor was Geoffrey Robinson, who won a by-election on 4 March 1976.


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