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Lomas was born in February 1930 and educated at a local elementary school in Stoke-on-Trent.
He became a bricklayer and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Young Communist League in his youth.
He stood as a Communist Party candidate in Stoke South at the 1966 general election, securing a highly creditable 5.1% of the total with 2,262 votes.
For a long time, he worked for the Stoke city council works department, a traditional hotbed of local left wing politics.
He stood several times as a Communist Party candidate in the Stoke South constituency. At the March 1966 general election, he secured a highly creditable 5.1% of the total with 2,262 votes.