Hugh Lawson (British politician)

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Hugh McDowall Lawson (13 February 1912 – 23 March 1997[1]) was a politician in the United Kingdom's short-lived Common Wealth Party, which was founded to contest parliamentary by-elections during World War II.

He was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Skipton at a by-election in January 1944, then contested Harrow West in the 1945 general election, where he lost. Lawson also contested the Rushcliffe constituency in Nottinghamshire in 1950 for the Labour Party, but was not elected.

His sister was Faith Lawson, a housing officer and campaigner, and chairman of the Pedestrians Association from 1991 to 1997.[2]


  1. ^ Lawson, Richard; Lawson, Doug (21 May 1997). "Obituary: Hugh Lawson". The Independent. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George William Rickards
Member of Parliament for Skipton
Succeeded by
Burnaby Drayson