In the 1900 general election he unsuccessfully contested the constituency of King's Lynn, and in the December 1910 general election was elected as the MP for Pontefract. At the 1918 general election, he contested a new seat, Wentworth, but was defeated by the Labour candidate in what proved to be a safe Labour seat.
In 1917, he was convicted of fraud in the high-profile case of Gruban v Booth, where it was found that he had defrauded a German-born businessman of his company, and then arranged to have him interned.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)
- Who's Who
- Hyde, p. 58
- Hyde, p. 57-67
- "BOOTH, Frederick Handel", in Who Was Who (Online ed.). A & C Black. 2007.
- Hyde, H Montgomery (1960). Sir Patrick Hastings, his life and cases. London: Heinemann. OCLC 498180.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Frederick Handel Booth
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