Frederick Martin (politician)
Family and education
Martin became a journalist, working on the Aberdeen Free Press and Morning Post. In 1914 he joined the 5th Battalion, the Gordon Highlanders and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He served until 1915 but became blind during his period of training and was hospitalised in St Dunstans Hostel for Blinded Soldiers and Sailors.
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|Liberal gain from National Liberal||Swing|
It was rare for anyone with a disability to get elected to Parliament but his blindness during war service brought him a great deal of personal sympathy. He held the seat at the 1923 general election
|Unionist||Falconer Lewis Wallace||6,949||44.1||+4.6|
but was defeated in 1924 when he faced a three-cornered contest.
|Unionist||Robert John Graham Boothby||7,363||46.2||+2.1|
|Labour||William Sloan Cormack||3,899||24.4||n/a|
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|Unionist||Robert Workman Smith||10,773||43.6||-0.8|
After the 1929 general election, Martin defected from the Liberals to Labour, succumbing to a feeling that this was the end of the line for the old Liberal party. Despite the party having fought a spirited and radical campaign under the leadership of David Lloyd George it had failed to break back into power. According to one historian, Martin was one of a number of MPs, former MPs and candidates who could no longer imagine the circumstances in which the party could ever succeed again. He stood for Parliament, now in the Labour interest, contesting East Aberdeenshire at the general elections of 1931
|Unionist||Robert John Graham Boothby||16,396||72.2|
|Unionist||Robert John Graham Boothby||12,748||57.0|
He remained as Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for a general election expected to take place in 1939 or 1940. However, by the time the next election came in 1945, he had been replaced as candidate.
However Martin did achieve political success at local government level. He served as Vice-Chairman of Aberdeenshire Education Authority from 1925–30. In 1929 he was elected a member of Aberdeenshire County Council and was Chairman of the Public Health Committee from 1932–45 and Chairman of the Education Committee, 1946–47. He was Vice-Convener (equivalent to vice-chairman) of the County between 1946 and 1949, when he became Convener. He died in office.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Frederick Martin
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir William Henry Cowan
|Member of Parliament for Aberdeen and Kincardine East
- Who was Who, OUP 2007
- The Times, 17 November 1922
- The Times, 18 January 1924
- The Times, 8 December 1923
- Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanac, 1927
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1918–1949, F W S Craig
- Trevor Wilson, The Downfall of the Liberal Party; Cornell University Press, 1966 p351
- Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
- "No. 39863". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 1942. p. 2489.
- "No. 38577". The London Gazette. 1 April 1949. p. 1655.
- The Times, 24 January 1950