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Valentine McEntee, 1st Baron McEntee

Valentine la Touche McEntee, 1st Baron McEntee (16 January 1871 – 11 February 1953) was an Irish-born Labour Member of Parliament (MP) in the United Kingdom.


  • Background 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


McEntee was born in Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire) near Dublin, the son of William Charles McEntee, a physician, and Kate, daughter of Valentine Burchell.[1]


McEntee was a carpenter by trade. From 1896 to 1899, like Con Lehane, he was a member of James Connolly's Irish Socialist Republican Party. After a brief stay in the United States he moved to London and became a member of Social Democratic Federation (SDF), whence he went on to help found the Socialist Party of Great Britain in June 1904. So far as is known McEntee was not at all active in the SPGB. He resigned on 4 March 1905 after he was nominated as parliamentary candidate for the Labour Representation Committee (predecessor of the Labour Party).

After leaving the SPGB McEntee joined the Walthamstow in that year. In 1909 he published a short pamphlet Socialism Explained, a criticism of capitalism. The following year he was a delegate at the Social Democratic Party (as the SDF had been renamed) Conference and was elected to its 1910–1911 Executive Committee.

McEntee presumably became a member of the Labour Party via the

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Jesson
Member of Parliament for Walthamstow West
Succeeded by
Horace Crawfurd
Preceded by
Horace Crawfurd
Member of Parliament for Walthamstow West
Succeeded by
Clement Attlee
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron McEntee
1951 – 1953
  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Valentine McEntee
  • Portraits of Valentine La Touche McEntee, 1st Baron McEntee of Walthamstow at the National Portrait Gallery, London

External links

  1. ^ a b c d Valentine La Touche McEntee, 1st and last Baron McEntee
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 39278. p. 3684. 6 July 1951.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 39243. p. 3061. 1 June 1951.


Lord McEntee was twice married. He married as his first wife Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Crawford, in 1892. After her death he married as his second wife Catherine, daughter of Charles Windsor, in 1920. He died in February 1953, aged 82, when the barony became extinct.[1]

Personal life

[3] in recognition of his "political and public services".[2], of Walthamstow in the County of Essex,Baron McEntee and in 1951 he was elevated to the peerage as [1] in 1948CBE He was also Mayor of Walthamstow from 1929 to 1930 and 1951 to 1952. He was appointed a [1]

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