Cyril Dumpleton

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Cyril Walter Dumpleton JP (25 June 1897 – 1 October 1966)[1] was a British Labour Party politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the St Albans division of Hertfordshire from 1945 to 1950.

Early life and family[edit]

Dumpleton was born in St Albans, the son of Walter Dumpleton, and was educated at an elementary school.[2]

In 1920 he married Louise Lefevre, the daughter of Charles Lefevre from Birmingham.[2] He was a member of the Society of Friends (known as "Quakers").[2]


During World War I, Dumpleton served with the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Air Force,[2] and later became manager of a printing and publishing business.[2]

He was a member of St Albans City Council from 1937 to 1950, Mayor of St Albans from 1943 to 1944, and became an Alderman in 1946.[2] He was also a Justice of the Peace for Hertfordshire.

At the 1945 general election he was elected to the House of Commons as the MP for St Albans,[3] defeating the sitting Conservative MP John Grimston.[4] St Albans had been a Conservative seat since 1885, apart from a two-year period 1904 to 1906,[4] and at the last contested election in 1935 the Conservative majority had been 35%.[4][5] The 1935 and 1945 results were not directly comparable, because the Liberal Party contested the seat in 1945 but not 1935; but Dumpleton's 3.7% majority was vulnerable, and he was defeated at the 1950 general election,[6] when Grimston re-took the seat with a majority of 4.5%. [7]

After his defeat, Dumpleton did not stand for Parliament again. He worked as a public relations executive with the Colonial Development Corporation from 1950 to 1962,[2] and died at Dawlish in Devon in 1966, aged 69.[8]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 1)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Stenton, Michael; Lees, Stephens (1981). Who's Who of British Members of Parliament: Volume IV, 1945–1979. Brighton: The Harvester Press. p. 100. ISBN 0-85527-335-6.
  3. ^ "No. 37238". The London Gazette. 24 August 1945. p. 4291.
  4. ^ a b c Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 375. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  5. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
  6. ^ "The Defeated: Clean Sweep At Colonial Office". 25 February 1950. p. 23.
  7. ^ "UK General Election results February 1950". Richard Kimber's political science resources. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  8. ^ Obituaries: Mr. C. W. Dumpleton, The Times, Thursday 6 October 1966, page 14

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Grimston
Member of Parliament for St Albans
Succeeded by
John Grimston