Arthur Duckworth

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George Arthur Victor Duckworth (3 January 1901 – 14 November 1986),[1] known as Arthur Duckworth, was a British Conservative Party politician.

He was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Shrewsbury at the 1929 general election.[2] He was re-elected in 1931[3] and 1935,[4] and held the seat until he retired from the House of Commons at the 1945 election.[5]

In 1936, he won 7th place in the ballot for private member's bills,[6] and proposed to bring forward a Medical and Surgical Appliances (Advertisement) Bill.[6]

He announced in April 1945 that he would not stand again at the next election.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Duckworth married Alice Frances Hammond, a fifth-generation descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt, in March 1927.[8] The couple were divorced in February 1945, on the grounds of his wife's adultery in New York.[8]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ "No. 33508". The London Gazette. 21 June 1929. p. 4113. 
  3. ^ "No. 33769". The London Gazette. 6 November 1931. p. 7143. 
  4. ^ "No. 34223". The London Gazette. 26 November 1935. p. 7503. 
  5. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 452. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 
  6. ^ a b "Commons Ballot Private Members' Bills, Variety Of Subjects". The Times. London. 6 February 1936. pp. 14, col G. 
  7. ^ Thatcher, Margaret (10 December 1981). "Speech to the Shrewsbury Beaconsfield Club (centenary dinner)". Margaret Thatcher Foundation. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "M.P. Granted Decree Nisi". The Times. London. 17 February 1945. pp. 2, col D. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Viscount Sandon
Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury
Succeeded by
John Langford-Holt