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Arthur Woodburn

Arthur Woodburn (25 October 1890 – 1 June 1978) was a Scottish Labour politician.

Born in Edinburgh, he was educated at Heriot-Watt College. Imprisoned as a conscientious objector during World War I, Woodburn worked in engineering and ironfounding administration, and was a lecturer and national secretary of the Scottish Labour College. He was Secretary of the Scottish Council of the Labour Party from 1932 to 1939, and President of the National Council of Labour Colleges from 1937 to 1965. He also served on the Edinburgh 'Hands off Russia' committee in the 1930s.Woodburn was an unsuccessful candidate for Edinburgh South in 1929 and Edinburgh Leith in 1931; he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire from 1939 until 1970.

In Parliament he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tom Johnston in 1941, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Supply from 1945 to 1947. He was Secretary of State for Scotland from 1947 until 1950 in the government of Clement Attlee. He was made a Privy Councillor in 1947.

Woodburn received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 1968.He had a strong interest in economics, education, European unity, international relations, modern languages and Scottish history. He was appointed to the board of trustees of the National Library of Scotland in 1961 and his papers are held by the Library.

Woodburn was married to Barbara Woodburn, a teacher who was elected to the Edinburgh Town Council.

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Some of their strengths

Arthur Woodburn has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Energetic, Creative, Passionate, Generous, Honest, Bold, and Courageous.

Intense and Passionate

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Arthur Woodburn is someone who is an intense, passionate, and intuitive person who is fiercely independent, authentic and direct when engaging with others. A person who is a bit of a "lone wolf".

Helpful and Supportive

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Arthur Woodburn well know them as someone who can be accepting, supportive, and productive, like a garden.

Ambitious and Forceful

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Arthur Woodburn as someone who is ambitious, hard-working, determined, and intelligent.

A person who has a knack for identifying opportunities, has amazing concentration and focus, who can work independently, who likes starting new things, and who is somewhat of an intellectual.

Stable and Creative

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Arthur Woodburn is someone who thrives in volatile situations, and who tends to be a source of stability and comfort for others who are experiencing challenging times .

They are also someone who is active, giving, optimistic, and cheerful, and who possesses a charisma that attracts friends and admirers.

Mysterious and Methodical

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Arthur Woodburn tends to be someone who can come across as mysterious and intense, who can be a complex thinker who is methodical and intuitive, and who can overcome challenges that most others would not be able to.

Some of Arthur Woodburn's challenges

While Arthur Woodburn has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Arthur Woodburn can be Impulsive, Complicated, Brusque, Indecisive, Unrealistic, Careless, and Relentless.

Complicated and Brusque

One of Arthur Woodburn's key challenges is that they are someone who can be complicated and gruff with others.

Arthur Woodburn must also exercise caution as they can be excessive and unrealistic.

Relentless and Inflexible

Arthur Woodburn is someone who can be relentless, obsessive, and inflexible, who can be confrontational with work colleagues, can have difficulty communicating feelings and be somewhat reclusive, and who can be self-destructive, overindulgent, and extravagant.

Sensitive and Aggressive

Finally, Arthur Woodburn also can be too "touchy-feely", have a hard time expressing feelings, be too aggressive and headstrong, and be too unforgiving of others' mistakes.

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