Padley was the Labour MP for Ogmore, from 1950 to 1979 when he retired. It was regarded as one of the safest Labour seats in the country, and Padley raised his majority to more than 26,000 votes. He was elected a member of the Labour Party NEC in 1956, and served as its chairman in 1966-67. He was also chairman of its overseas sub-committee, 1963-71. He continued a member of the NEC until 1978. He served as Minister of State at the Foreign Office, October 1964-January 1967. He was chairman of the Labour Party, 1965-66. He was noted at Westminster for his outspoken views and made several useful contributions to debates in the Commons on trade and industry. Before his election to parliament, he wrote a number of monographs. His published books include The Economic Problem of the Peace (1944), Am I my Brother's Keeper? (1945), Britain: Pawn or Power? (1947) and USSR: Empire or Free Union? (1949). He married on 7 November 1942 Sylvia Elsie Wilson, and they had a son and a daughter. Their home was at 73 Priory Gardens, Highgate, London. He died on 15 April 1984. His successor as Labour MP for Ogmore was Sir Ray Powell (1928-2001) who had previously served as Padley's political agent for twelve years and was widely known to be Padley's chosen successor.
Dr John Graham Jones, Aberystwyth
Published date: 2008