Lewis Haslam

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Lewis Haslam, circa 1905.

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[edit]

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.[1]

Career[edit]

Haslam was the director of cotton spinning and manufacturing companies.[2] He has been classified as a genuinely second generation self-made man and was among the most wealthy MPs of his time.[3] He also served as a Justice of the Peace for the county of Lancaster.[1]

Politics[edit]

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.[2]

He was eventually returned to the House of Commons at the 1906 Liberal landslide at Monmouth.

General Election 1906 Monmouth Boroughs[4]

Electorate 11,207

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Lewis Haslam 4,531 44.7 -3.4
Conservative E E Micholls 3,939 38.8 -13.1
Labour James Whinstone 1,678 16.5 n/a
Majority 592 5.9 7.7
Turnout 90.6
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +4.8
General Election January 1910 Monmouth Boroughs[5]

Electorate 12,934

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Lewis Haslam 6,496 54.8 +10.1
Conservative Sir Charles William Cayzer 5,391 45.2 +6.4
Majority 9.6 3.7
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing +1.9
Lewis Haslam in 1911, (Portrait by Sir Benjamin Stone)
General Election December 1910 Monmouth Boroughs[5]

Electorate 12,934

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Lewis Haslam 6,154 54.9 +0.1
Conservative Gerald de La Pryme Hargreaves 5,056 45.1 -0.1
Majority 1,098 9.8 +0.2
Turnout 86.7
Liberal hold Swing -0.0

He was a supporter of the coalition government of David Lloyd George and at the 1918 was a recipient of the government coupon, gaining the support of the local Conservative and Liberal Associations.

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.[6] Haslam in particular was strongly opposed to giving the Irish Parliament control of its own taxes.[6]

The 1922 Newport by-election held after his death marked the end of the Lloyd George Coalition Government.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Who was Who, OUP 2007
  2. ^ a b http://lloydgeorgesociety.org.uk/resources/sites/84.234.17.197-4611481cc83403.08117414/Welsh+Liberal+MPs+elected+in+1906.pdf
  3. ^ W. D. Rubinstein, Men of Property: The Very Wealthy in Britain Since the Industrial Revolution; Taylor & Francis, 1981 p86
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  5. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons 1916
  6. ^ a b 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. 
  7. ^ C Cook & J Ramsden, By-elections in British Politics; UCL Press, 1997 p19ff

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joseph Lawrence
Member of Parliament for Monmouth Boroughs
19061918
Succeeded by
Leolin Forestier-Walker
New constituency Member of Parliament for Newport
19181922
Succeeded by
Reginald Clarry