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Herbert Butcher

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Sir Herbert Butcher
Member of Parliament for Holland with Boston
In office
24 June 1937 – 10 March 1966
Preceded byJames Blindell
Succeeded byRichard Body
Mayor of Hackney
In office
Preceded byHenry Goodrich
Succeeded byHenry Capell
Personal details
Herbert Walter Butcher

(1901-06-12)12 June 1901
Died11 May 1966(1966-05-11) (aged 64)
Political partyLiberal National (before 1948)
National Liberal (1948-1966)

Sir Herbert Walter Butcher, 1st Baronet (12 June 1901 – 11 May 1966)[1] was an English Conservative and National Liberal[2] politician. He sat in the House of Commons from 1937 to 1966.

Butcher was the son of Frank Butcher.[3] He was educated at Hastings Grammar School, and served in the Royal Navy during World War I, from 1916 to 1919.[3] He was as a Hackney Borough Councillor from 1928 to 1961, serving as Mayor of Hackney from 1935 to 1937.[3]

He was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Holland with Boston at a by-election in June 1937,[2] after the death of the National Liberal MP Sir James Blindell.[4] He held the seat at the next six general elections until his retirement at the 1966 general election, when Richard Body was elected as his successor.

From 1950 to 1951, Butcher was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Civil Lord of the Admiralty, Walter "Stoker" Edwards. He served as a Lord of the Treasury from 1951 to 1953. In 1958, he advised his friend John Poulson to set up a servicing company to win business for his architect's practice.

Having been knighted on 10 February 1953,[5] Butcher was created a Baronet of Holland in the County of Lincoln on 22 July 1960.[6]

After 29 years as an MP, Butcher died less than two months after his retirement, aged 64.


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 3)
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 414. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
  3. ^ a b c Stenton, Michael; Lees, Stephens (1981). Who's Who of British Members of Parliament: Volume IV, 1945–1979. Brighton: The Harvester Press. p. 51. ISBN 0-85527-335-6.
  4. ^ "No. 34413". The London Gazette. 29 June 1937. p. 4174.
  5. ^ "No. 39777". The London Gazette. 13 February 1953. p. 906.
  6. ^ "No. 42105". The London Gazette. 29 July 1960. p. 5227.

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Preceded by Member of Parliament for Holland with Boston
Succeeded by
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