Jimmy Knapp
James Knapp was a prominent British
British people
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 trade unionist and, successively, General Secretary of the National Union of Railwaymen
National Union of Railwaymen
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 (NUR) and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers
National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers
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 (RMT). He served on the General Council of the Trade Union Congress from 1983 and was President of Congress in 1994.

Knapp was born into a railway family in Hurlford
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, Ayrshire
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 in 1940, and commenced work on the railways at the age of 15. By the age of 18 he had become branch collector for the National Union of Railwaymen; and by 21 he was NUR branch secretary. He rose through the union ranks becoming a full-time official at the age of 31. He came to London in 1972 as NUR HQ organiser and in 1983, at the age of 43, he was elected General Secretary of the union.

He died of cancer
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 in Bromley
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, Greater London
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, aged 60; he was survived by his wife Eva.

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