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Lance Mallalieu

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Lance Mallalieu
Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons
First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means
In office
Preceded byBetty Harvie Anderson
Succeeded byOscar Murton
Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons
Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means
In office
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byOscar Murton
Member of Parliament
for Brigg
In office
24 March 1948 – 8 February 1974
Preceded byTom Williamson
Succeeded byConstituency abolished[1]
Member of Parliament
for Colne Valley
In office
27 October 1931 – 25 October 1935
Preceded byPhilip Snowden
Succeeded byErnest Marklew
Personal details
Born(1905-03-14)14 March 1905
Died11 November 1979(1979-11-11) (aged 74)

Sir Edward Lancelot Mallalieu (14 March 1905 – 11 November 1979),[2][3] known as Lance Mallalieu, was a British politician.[4]

Of Huguenot origin, a son of Frederick Mallalieu, a Member of Parliament, Mallalieu's ancestors had settled at Saddleworth in the early 1600s, where they lived in humble circumstances working as weavers. Frederick Mallalieu's father, Henry (1831–1902), was a self-made businessman, at the age of twelve a hand-loom weaver, but becoming a woolen manufacturer, chairman of ironworks companies, and the magistrate.[5][6][7][8]

Lancelot Mallalieu was educated at the Dragon School, Oxford,[9] Cheltenham College and Trinity College, Oxford.[10]

At the 1931 general election, Mallalieu was elected as the Liberal Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Colne Valley. His win was notable as it was a gain from Labour despite the presence of a Conservative candidate, unusual for 1931. His predecessor was the Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Snowden, who had decided to stand down. His father Frederick Mallalieu had been MP for the same seat from 1916 to 1922.[citation needed]

Mallalieu was a member of the main Liberal group in parliament led by Sir Herbert Samuel. He followed his leader into opposition in 1933. He served until the 1935 general election, when he lost his seat to Labour's Ernest Marklew.[citation needed]

After joining the Labour Party, he returned to the House of Commons in 1948, at a by-election on 24 March in the Brigg constituency, where he served as MP until he retired in 1974. From 1964 until 1970, he was Second Church Estates Commissioner.[11] He was a Deputy Speaker of the Commons from 1971 to 1974.[citation needed]

Mallalieu was knighted in the 1979 Dissolution Honours.[12]



Edward Mallalieu's brother, William, was Labour MP for Huddersfield from 1945 to 1950, then for Huddersfield East from 1950 to 1979. Sir William Mallalieu's daughter, Ann, has been a Labour life peer since 1991. His uncle, Albert Henry Mallalieu, was head of that family of Tan-y-Marian, Llandudno.[13][14]


Coat of arms of Lance Mallalieu
Granted in 1920.
Azure on a chevron Ermine between three fleurs-de-lis Argent four bezants on a chief Ermines a rose of the third barbed and seeded Proper.
Mal A Lui Qui Mal En Dit (Evil To Him Who Speaks Evil)[15] [16]
Fleurs-de-lis refer to Huguenot ancestry, motto cants on family name.


  1. ^ John Ellis elected for the new constituency of Brigg and Scunthorpe.
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 5)
  4. ^ "MP's son signed up as a steelworks labourer". Scunthorpe Telegraph. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  5. ^ The Huguenot Ancestry of the Mallalieus of Saddleworth, D. F. E. Sykes, 1920, pp. 45, 146
  6. ^ "Henry Mallalieu - Graces Guide".
  7. ^ "Family history M".
  8. ^ The Journal of the Iron and Steel Institute, vol. 61, issue 1, Iron and Steel Institute, 1902, p. 391, "Obituary – Henry Mallalieu"
  9. ^ "Eminent Dragons". Dragon School. Archived from the original on 2 September 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  10. ^ Who's Who 1938, p. 2215
  11. ^ "Second Church Estates Commissioners Accessdate=6 July 2024". Church of England Parliamentary Unit. December 2014.
  12. ^ "No. 47868". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 1979. p. 7600.
  13. ^ Burke's Landed Gentry, 15th edition, 1937, Mallalieu of Tan-y-Marian pedigree
  14. ^ On Larkhill, J. P. W. Mallalieu, Allison & Busby, 1983, p. 21
  15. ^ Duncan Sutherland. "Arms and the Woman: The Heraldry of Women Parliamentarians" (PDF). The Heraldry Society. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  16. ^ Debrett's Peerage. 2019. p. 3522.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Colne Valley
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Brigg
1948Feb 1974
Constituency abolished
see Brigg & Scunthorpe