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 woollen manufacturer, chairman of ironworks companies, and magistrate.
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 1916-22.
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.
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. He was a Deputy Speaker of the Commons from 1971-74.
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.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 5)
- "MP's son signed up as a steelworks labourer". Scunthorpe Telegraph. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
- The Huguenot Ancestry of the Mallalieus of Saddleworth, D. F. E. Sykes, 1920, pp. 45, 146
- The Journal of the Iron and Steel Institute, vol. 61, issue 1, Iron and Steel Institute, 1902, p. 391, Obituary- Henry Mallalieu
- "Eminent Dragons". Dragon School. Archived from the original on 2 September 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
- Who's Who 1938, page 2215
- Burke's Landed Gentry, 15th edition, 1937, Mallalieu of Tan-y-Marian pedigree
- On Larkhill, J. P. W. Mallalieu, Allison & Busby, 1983, p. 21
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Lance Mallalieu
- Portraits of Lance Mallalieu at the National Portrait Gallery, London
- Colne Valley Liberal Democrats: political history, Edward Mallalieu
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