|Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party|
14 June 1979 – 19 November 1981
|Preceded by||Cledwyn Hughes|
|Succeeded by||Jack Dormand|
|Minister of State for Housing and Local Government|
18 October 1964 – 19 June 1970
|Prime Minister||Harold Wilson|
|Succeeded by||Graham Page|
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Food|
18 April 1950 – 26 October 1951
|Preceded by||Stanley Evans|
|Succeeded by||Charles Hill|
|Member of Parliament|
for Sunderland North
5 July 1945 – 9 June 1983
|Preceded by||Stephen Furness|
|Succeeded by||Bob Clay|
|Born||13 November 1910|
|Died||13 December 1987(aged 77)|
|Alma mater||St John's College, Cambridge|
His political career as an activist for social justice and other left-wing causes began in the 1930s, when he was the keynote speaker welcoming returning International Brigade volunteers to Sunderland.
Willey was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Sunderland in 1945, when the Borough still sent two MPs to Parliament. In 1950 two-member constituencies were abolished and Willey was returned for the new constituency of Sunderland North, where he served until he retired before the general election of 1983.
Willey served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food from 1950 to 1951, and as Minister of Land and Natural Resources from 1965 to 1967. He opened the UK's first long-distance footpath, the Pennine Way, in 1965.
He served as Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party from 1979 to 1981.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
and Stephen Furness
| Member of Parliament for Sunderland
With: Richard Ewart
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Sunderland North
| Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party
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