Charles Royle, Baron Royle

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Charles Royle, Baron Royle, JP (23 January 1896 – 30 September 1975)[1] was a British businessman and Labour politician.


He was the son of Charles Royle, who had been also a Member of Parliament, and his wife Maria, daughter of Oliver Wolfe.[2] Royle was educated at Stockport Grammar School and joined the Royal Engineers in the First World War.[3] He worked then in the retail meat trade.[2]


He joined the Liberal Party and served as Secretary of Stockport Young Liberals. By 1933 he had joined the Labour Party.[4] In 1935, Royle contested Lancaster unsuccessfully.[3] At the recreation of the Ministry of Food in 1939, he became a meat agent[2] and after the end of the Second World War, he entered the British House of Commons, sitting for Salford West.[1] He was elected president of the Manchester and Saiford Meat Association in 1942, a post he held until the following year.[2] During his time in the House, Royle was appointed a Lord of the Treasury in 1950 and one year later, became an opposition whip until 1954.[5] Following his retirement in 1964, he was created a life peer with the title Baron Royle, of Pendleton, in the City of Salford on 25 August.[6] At the House of Lords, he was nominated a deputy speaker.

Royle was a Justice of the Peace for Brighton and sat in the Stockport Borough Council.[2] He served as a deputy chairman of the Magistrates' Association and was a co-chairman of the British-Caribbean Association.[3] Royle was president of the Sussex branch of the National Association of Probation Officers and a vice-president of Association of Metropolitan Corporations.[2] An honorary fellow of the Institute of Architects and Surveyors, he was also chairman of the Alliance Building Society.[3]


In 1919, he married Florence Smith, daughter of Henry Smith, and had by her an only daughter.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Salford West". Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Who Is Who 1963. London: Adam & Charles Black. 1963. p. 2694. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Parliament of the United Kingdom, Archives - Royle; Lord; Charles (1896-1975)". Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  4. ^ The Times House of Commons, 1935
  5. ^ "Hansard, Charles Royle". Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "No. 43419". The London Gazette. 25 August 1964. p. 7261. 
  7. ^ Charles Roger Dod & Robert Phipps Dod (1976). Dod's Parliamentary Companion. Epsom. p. 258. ISBN 0-85499-623-0. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Frederick Emery
Member of Parliament for Salford West
Succeeded by
Stanley Orme