John Kebty-Fletcher

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John Robert Kebty-Fletcher (1869 – 12 July 1918) was a British Conservative politician.

Born in Liverpool, Kebty-Fletcher was educated in that city and on the continent of Europe, and was a linguist, speaking five languages.[1][2] During the Second Anglo-Boer War he worked as a correspondent for the Liverpool Post.[1] By 1910 he was the chief partner in the firm of Messrs George Fletcher, provision merchants, and a former president of the Liverpool Produce Exchange and a trustee of the Mersey Quay and Railway Carters Union.[2] In 1912 his address was given as "The Paddock", Hooton, Cheshire.[1][3][4]

Political career[edit]

Active in Unionist politics, by 1900 Kebty-Fletcher was a member of Liverpool City Council.[5][6] [1] He stood at the 1906 General Election as Conservative candidate for Rossendale but lost to the Liberal, Lewis Harcourt.[1] He was elected Member of Parliament for Altrincham at the December 1910 general election, gaining the seat from the Liberals.[2] As the Liberals were able to form a minority government with support from the Irish Parliamentary Party, Kebty-Fletcher found himself on the opposition benches. In May 1913 Kebty-Fletcher announced his immediate resignation from parliament by appointment as Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead,[7] causing a by-election.[1]

Controversy[edit]

In his short parliamentary career he was involved in two controversies. Firstly, in 1911, he made an attack on the Chancellor of the Exchequer, David Lloyd-George accusing him of appointing a partner in his law firm to a government post.[8] In 1913 he attacked the government over the Marconi scandal.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Commoner Resigns". The Advertiser (Adelaide). 3 May 1913. p. 20. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Thursday's Polls". The Times. 10 December 1910. p. 10. 
  3. ^ The Daily News Year Book, 1912
  4. ^ "Parliamentary Directory". Slater's Manchester, Salford & Suburban Directory, 1911 Part 4: Suburban, Banking, etc. Historical Directories. 1911. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  5. ^ "Liverpool Tories on Church and War". Liverpool Mercury. 24 April 1900. 
  6. ^ "Liverpool City Council". Liverpool Mercury. 3 May 1900. 
  7. ^ "Lord Chancellor's Office. Appointment of J.R. Kebty-Fletcher, M.P., as steward and bailiff of the Manor of Northstead.". The National Archives. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Consolidated Fund (No.2) Bill (HC Deb 20 June 1911 vol 27 cc153-215)". Hansard. 20 June 1911. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  9. ^ "Marconi Companies (HC Deb 25 March 1913 vol 50 cc1476-9)". Hansard. 25 March 1913. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir William John Crossley
Member of Parliament for Altrincham
December 19101913
Succeeded by
Sir George Hamilton, 1st Baronet