Peter Freeman (politician)

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Peter Freeman (19 October 1888 – 19 May 1956) was a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom.

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He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Brecon and Radnorshire at the 1929 general election, defeating the Conservative MP Walter D'Arcy Hall by only 187 votes. When Labour split at the 1931 general election over Ramsay MacDonald's formation of a National Government, D'Arcy Hall retook the seat with a majority of over 8,000.

Freeman unsuccessfully stood at the 1935 general election in the Newport constituency, losing by 1,545 votes to the Conservative MP Reginald Clarry. When Clarry died in January 1945, Freeman did not contest the by-election on 17 May. However, at the general election in July 1945, he took the seat with a majority of 9,091 votes over Clarry's Conservative successor Ronald McMillan Bell.

Freeman held the seat until his death in 1956 at the age of 67. The resulting Newport by-election, 1956 was won by the Labour candidate Frank Soskice, the former Attorney General.

Newport author Mike Bloxsome has written a biography published by Y Lolfa in 2004 entitled The Green Casanova: The Life Story of Peter Freeman that aims to be "entertaining and humourous." (sic) [1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Walter D'Arcy Hall
Member of Parliament for Brecon and Radnorshire
19291931
Succeeded by
Walter D'Arcy Hall
Preceded by
Ronald McMillan Bell
Member of Parliament for Newport
19451956
Succeeded by
Sir Frank Soskice