He entered parliament as the Labour MP for Swansea East in a by—election in March 1963 as successor to D. L. Mort, and remained MP until the time of his death. Only the third Scotsman ever to represent a Welsh constituency in parliament, he was ever loyal to Wales. He was secretary to the PLP trades union group, 1964—66, and chairman of the PLP transport committee, 1964—66. He became assistant government whip in 1966, serving until 1970, and he was Lord Commissioner to the Treasury, 1969—70. After the defeat of the Labour government in 1970, he became an opposition whip. He was chairman of the Welsh Labour Parliamentary Group, 1972—73. In the general election of February 1974 his majority was 19,687 votes, but he was prevented by illness from ever voting in the new parliament. He travelled widely in Europe, Africa, South America and the Middle East throughout his parliamentary career. He was a committed anti—marketeer. His hobbies were reading and the spread of Socialism. He married on 12 June 1937 Delia, the fourth daughter of James Maloney of Paisley. They resided at 116 Eaton Road, Brynhyfryd, Swansea. Neil McBride died at his home, after a seven month illness, on 9 September 1974.
Dr John Graham Jones, Aberystwyth
Published date: 2008