Standing as a Labour candidate, he unsuccessfully contested the Oxford constituency at the 1924 by-election, Harrow in 1924 and Worcester in 1929. When the Labour Party split in 1931 and Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald formed a National Government with the Conservative Party, Lindsay followed MacDonald into the breakaway National Labour group.
In 1933, Craigie Aitchison, the National Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Kilmarnock, was appointed as a judge, vacating his seat. At the resulting by-election on 2 November, Lindsay defeated the Labour candidate, and was re-elected comfortably at the 1935 general election. He held the seat until 1945, later sitting as a National Independent.
He did not contest Kilmarnock at the 1945 general election, but was elected as an independent member for the Combined English Universities, holding the seat until the University constituencies were abolished for the 1950 general election.
- Social progress and educational waste (1926)
- English education (1941)
- Towards a European parliament (1958)
- European assemblies: the experimental period, 1949-1959 (1960)
- The first twenty-five years of the Anglo-Israel Association (1973)
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd edition ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- Historical list of MPs: K (part 2)
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Craigie Mason Aitchison
|Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock
Clarice Marion McNab Shaw
Eleanor Rathbone and
Thomas Edmund Harvey
|Member of Parliament for the Combined English Universities
With: Eleanor Rathbone to 1946
Henry Strauss, 1946–1950
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education
James Chuter Ede
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