Campaign to honour Sir Harold Wilson
Jul 27 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
AN MP is demanding a “blue plaque” tribute on the Wirral home of Labour legend Harold Wilson.
But first Wirral South’s Alison McGovern has to pinpoint the exact location of the Bromborough property where the former prime minister lived while a sixth-former at Wirral Grammar School for Boys.
Wilson, of course, was born in Huddersfield and brought up in Milnsbridge.
He was born on March 11, 1916, to James Herbert and Ethel Wilson.
He attended school in New Street, Milnsbridge, and then went on to Royds Hall Secondary School.
The family moved to Bromborough when Harold was aged 16 after his chemist father was made redundant in Huddersfield and got a job at ICI.
His birthplace recognised his illustrious career with a life-size statue in St George’s Square.
Ms McGovern said: “When we find the exact site, it will certainly be worthy of a blue plaque.
“Harold Wilson made an immense contribution to today’s Britain and he is a hero on Merseyside.”
She added: “In his autobiography he recounted his fond memories of cycling in the countryside of Wirral and of the family pain of unemployment.
“He was certainly an inspiration to me and his story is particularly resonant now at a time of rising unemployment and recession.”
She believes she has narrowed down the site to one of a series of tall Victorian buildings on Spital Road, Bromborough and she will ask Wirral Grammar for help accessing his records.
Sir Harold, who died in 1995, was elected Labour MP for Ormskirk in 1945, was premier from 1964-70, and again from 1974-76.
His achievements included the Open University, road safety regulations, keeping Britain out of the Vietnam war, and fostering new technology.
He remains the only Labour leader to win four general elections.