Much of the wisdom of one age, is the folly of the next.
A person's character is but half formed till after wedlock.
A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished.- Zsa Zsa Gabor
I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.- Groucho Marx
We all went to Kelsey's wedding, and yeah, we go to parties. We also go to each other's ho...- David Hyde Pierce
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|Birth:||9th April, 1893|
|Death:||11th August, 1975|
|Profession:||Journalist, Lecturer, Politician|
Simmons was born in Moseley, Birmingham. Following elementary education, he became a Primitive Methodist lay preacher at the age of 16. In World War I he served in the Worcestershire Regiment, seeing action in France, Egypt and Gallipoli. He was twice imprisoned whilst in the army, for appearing in uniform at a peace rally and for protesting against field punishments. He lost his leg at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Following the war, he was a leading member of NUX the National Union of Ex-Servicemen, which fought for the rights of those returning from the war. His more militant stance, but reformist not revolutionary, was weakened as many of his comrades left to join the newly formed Communist Party. The NUX was later to effectively disappear as it played an important role in the foundation of the British Legion. Simmons remained active for ex-Servicemen in local organisations. Jim Simmons also played a leading role in the Labour Churches movement.He gained political office as a member of Birmingham City Council from 1921–1931 and 1942–1945.
Simmons was nominated as Labour candidate for Birmingham West at the 1945 general election, in opposition to the sitting Conservative MP Walter Higgs. There was a landslide to Labour, and he won the seat comfortably. He was a member of the Labour Government 1945-1951 as a Lord of the Treasury from 30 March 1946 to 1 February 1949, after which he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Pensions.
He died in 1975, survived by his four sons and second wife.
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