Sir Robert Aske, 1st Baronet

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Robert Aske in 1910

Sir Robert William Aske, 1st Baronet (29 December 1872 – 10 March 1954) was a barrister and Liberal Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Biography[edit]

He was born on 29 December 1872.

He first stood for parliament in 1910, contesting Hull Central, a seat that the Conservatives had held in the 1906 Liberal landslide. Though it was not a promising seat, he did very well, coming to within 20 votes of defeating the Tory.

General Election January 1910: Hull Central[1]

Electorate 8,181

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Henry Seymour King 3,606 50.1
Liberal Robert William Aske 3,586 49.9
Majority 20 0.2
Turnout 87.9
Conservative hold Swing

At the second general election of the year, he did not do quite as well;

General Election December 1910: Hull Central[2]

Electorate 8,181

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Henry Seymour King 3,625 51.5 +1.4
Liberal Robert William Aske 3,418 48.5 -1.4
Majority 207 3.0 +2.8
Turnout 86.1 -1.8
Conservative hold Swing +2.4

A third opportunity came to contest Hull Central at a by-election. His Conservative opponent had been unseated on petition. However he was again unsuccessful;

Kingston upon Hull Central by-election, 1911[3]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tatton Benvenuto Mark Sykes 3,823 51.9 +0.4
Liberal Sir Robert William Aske 3,545 48.1 -0.4
Majority 3.8 +0.8
Turnout 7,368
Conservative hold Swing +0.4

He did not contest Hull Central again and did not stand for parliament again until 1923.

At the 1923 general election he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Newcastle upon Tyne East, but lost his seat a year later, at the 1924 general election, to Labour's Martin Henry Connolly.

Aske regained the seat at the 1929 general election, and held it until the Labour landslide at the 1945 general election. When the Liberal Party split in 1931 over participation in Ramsay Macdonald's Conservative-dominated National Government, Aske was one those who broke away to form the new National Liberal Party, which merged in 1948 with the Conservatives.

Having been knighted in 1911,[4] he was created a baronet in the 1922 New Year Honours,.[5][6] He also served as Deputy Sheriff of Hull on three occasions.[7]

He died on 10 March 1954.

References[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28469. p. 1469. 24 February 1911.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 32563. p. 10710. 30 December 1921.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 32668. p. 2916. 11 April 1922.
  7. ^ The Times House of Commons, 1929; Politico's Publishing, 2003 p. 52

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Arthur Henderson
Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne East
19231924
Succeeded by
Martin Henry Connolly
Preceded by
Martin Henry Connolly
Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne East
19291945
Succeeded by
Arthur Blenkinsop
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
of Aughton, Yorkshire

1922–1954
Succeeded by
Conan Aske