Clyde Carr (back right) is seen here about 1912 with his father (left), his mother (centre) and his four sisters. Like a number of Labour Party politicians in the 1920s and 1930s, Carr had originally trained as a minister. He served in the Methodist Church for seven years and then became a Congregationalist minister. Carr entered Parliament as the member for Timaru in 1928, and retained the title of Reverend as an MP for the next 34 years. He believed in the social gospel (the application of Christian principles to contemporary social problems), and found that in the Labour Party there were others who shared his world view.
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