When the Liberal Unionist John Albert Bright stood down at the 1895 general election, Parkes was elected in his place to the House of Commons. He held the seat until the constituency was abolished for the 1918 general election, sitting as a Conservative after the Conservatives and Liberal Unionists merged in 1912.
After Birmingham Central's abolition, he did not seek re-election again .
- "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "B" (part 3)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 2009-04-02.
- Craig, F. W. S. (1989) . British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Ebenezer Parkes
- Portraits of Sir Ebenezer Parkes at the National Portrait Gallery, London
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