Francis Lucas (English politician)
Colonel Francis Alfred Lucas (7 June 1850 – 11 December 1918) was a British company director and Conservative Party politician who lived in London and in Suffolk. He sat in the House of Commons from 1900 until his defeat in 1906.
Lucas was the son of Sampson Lucas, of Gloucester Square, London. He was educated privately and then at University College London, after which he went into business, becoming a partner in Lucas, Nicholls and Company, a merchants firm with operations in London, Stockport and Manchester. He was a director of both Allied Insurance and Allied Marine Insurance.
He was also an actively involved in the Volunteer Force, serving for 35 years as a member of the Artists Rifles, mostly as an officer. He then became Commander of the Harwich Voluntary Infantry Brigade from 1900 to 1906.
He unsuccessfully contested the Louth division of Lincolnshire at the 1895 general election, and at the 1900 general election he was elected as MP for Lowestoft, with a majority of over 20% of the votes. However, at the 1906 election, he was defeated by the Liberal candidate Edward Beauchamp, who won the seat with a 14% majority. Noting the scale of Liberal gains in the election, The Times noted the Lowestoft result as evidence that "apparently, no Unionist seat is now secure".
After his defeat in 1906, Lucas did not stand again in Lowestoft. He unsuccessfully contested the Kennington division of Lambeth at both the January 1910 and December 1910 elections, and at the 1918 general election he stood again in Kennington. However he died on 11 December 1918, aged 68, after he had already been formally nominated, which caused the election to be delayed in Kennington until a new candidate could be nominated.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L"
- "Biographies Of New Members". The Times. London. 16 October 1900. p. 13.
- Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1901. London: Dean & Son. 1901. p. 93. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- "Kennington election postponed: effects of candidate's death". The Times. London. 12 December 1918. p. 10.
- Craig, F. W. S. (1989) . British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 340. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
- "No. 27244". The London Gazette. 6 November 1900. p. 6774.
- Craig, 1885–1918, page 392
- "Progress Of The General Election". The Times. London. 25 January 1906. p. 10.
- Craig, 1885–1918, page 30
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 34. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Francis Lucas
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| Member of Parliament for Lowestoft
1900 – 1906