Lewis Haslam (25 April 1856 – 12 September 1922), was a Liberal Party Member of Parliament (MP) in Wales, representing Monmouth Boroughs from 1906 to 1918 and then Newport from 1918 until his death in 1922.
Family and education
Haslam was the son of John Haslam of Gilnow House in Bolton in Lancashire. He was educated at University College School and University College, London. In 1893 he married Helen Norma Dixon of Watlington, Oxfordshire.
Haslam was the director of cotton spinning and manufacturing companies. He has been classified as a genuinely second generation self-made man and was among the most wealthy MPs of his time. He also served as a Justice of the Peace for the county of Lancaster.
At the 1892 general election he contested the Westhoughton Division of Lancashire, in opposition to Lord Stanley reducing the Conservative majority by 500 votes. He does not appear to have been a candidate in 1895 but in 1900 he stood in Stamford in Lincolnshire, again without success.
|General Election 1906 Monmouth Boroughs
|Conservative||E E Micholls||3,939||38.8||-13.1|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+4.8|
|General Election January 1910 Monmouth Boroughs
|Conservative||Sir Charles William Cayzer||5,391||45.2||+6.4|
|General Election December 1910 Monmouth Boroughs
|Conservative||Gerald de La Pryme Hargreaves||5,056||45.1||-0.1|
Along with fellow Coalition Liberal Edgar Rees Jones of the Merthyr constituency, Haslam played a minor role in the discussions behind the Government of Ireland Bill. Haslam in particular was strongly opposed to giving the Irish Parliament control of its own taxes.
- Who was Who, OUP 2007
- W. D. Rubinstein, Men of Property: The Very Wealthy in Britain Since the Industrial Revolution; Taylor & Francis, 1981 p86
- British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
- Debrett's House of Commons 1916
- Tanner, Duncan (2006). Debating nationhood and governance in Britain, 1885-1945: perspectives from the 'four nations'. Manchester University Press. p. 75. ISBN 0-7190-7166-6.
- C Cook & J Ramsden, By-elections in British Politics; UCL Press, 1997 p19ff
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd edition ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Lewis Haslam
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Monmouth Boroughs
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Newport