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Mr Newport: The Story of Aubrey Hames

Hames, Dominic


Dominic Hames


Aubrey Hames was one of the most iconic figures in the Welsh town of Newport in the decades following the second world war. He was a man of his time – someone who had experienced first-hand the difficulties of poverty and the horrors of conflict – and someone who had a true passion for improving the lives of his fellow human beings. The opposite of a career politician, Aubrey Hames was someone who served his entire political career in his local constituency – continuing to fight for improvement even when suffering police corruption, false accusations, and the subsequent loss of income. In the post-war decades, he developed a reputation as a forthright, honest and hardworking politician, respected by his political allies as well as his opponents and known throughout Newport for his famous moustache.

In this moving account of his life, his son, Dominic Hames provides not only an account of a childhood in Wales and a young man’s experience of war, but also a glimpse of the state of local politics in the United Kingdom at the time – and the personal efforts made by countless local councillors all over the country to bring local towns into the twentieth century. This book is not only for those interested in local history or in the history of the labour party, but is for anyone interested in people and their dreams, motivations, disappointments and successes.


Hames, D. (2023). Mr Newport: The Story of Aubrey Hames. Arena Books

Book Type Authored Book
Online Publication Date Nov 27, 2023
Publication Date Nov 27, 2023
Deposit Date Oct 23, 2023
ISBN 9781914390197
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