George Jones (Conservative politician)

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George Jones in 1928 by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir George William Henry Jones (1874 – 3 January 1956) was a British barrister and Conservative politician.[1]

Jones spent his early years in business before deciding to study law in his thirties, and was called to the bar at Gray's Inn in 1907. He continued a successful legal practice until his retirement due to deafness in 1949. He famously defended the populist Member of Parliament (MP) Horatio Bottomley against fraud charges.[1]

In 1910 he entered local politics, when he was elected as a Municipal Reform Party member of the London County Council, representing Hackney North. He remained a member of the council until 1919.[2][3]

In the same year that he entered local government he made his first attempt to gain election to the Commons. He stood as Conservative candidate in general election held in December, contesting the constituency of Leeds West.[4] The seat was a safe Liberal one, and Jones failed to be elected.

At the next general election held in 1918, he was elected as Conservative MP for Stoke Newington. He held the seat almost continuously until 1945, being briefly unseated from 1923 to 1924.[1] He was knighted in 1928.[5]

Sir George Jones was unmarried, and died in a London nursing home in January 1956 aged 81.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Obituary: Sir George Jones, Politician and Lawyer". The Times. 5 January 1956. p. 12. 
  2. ^ "London County Council Election". The Times. 7 March 1910. p. 7. 
  3. ^ "London County Council Election". The Times. 7 November 1913. p. 10. 
  4. ^ "The General Election. Party Prospects-V, Yorkshire Constituencies.". The Times. 26 November 1910. p. 9. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33357. p. 1136. 17 February 1928.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Stoke Newington
1918–1923
Succeeded by
Ernest Spero
Preceded by
Ernest Spero
Member of Parliament for Stoke Newington
1924–1945
Succeeded by
David Weitzman