Leslie Haden-Guest, 1st Baron Haden-Guest
The Lord Haden-Guest
|Member of Parliament |
for Islington North
13 October 1937 – 23 February 1950
|Preceded by||Albert William Goodman|
|Succeeded by||Ronw Moelwyn Hughes|
|Member of Parliament |
for Southwark North
6 December 1923 – 1927
|Preceded by||Edward Anthony Strauss|
|Succeeded by||Edward Anthony Strauss|
|Born||10 March 1877|
Oldham, Lancashire, England
|Died||20 August 1960(aged 83)|
|Alma mater||Owens College, Manchester|
|Unit||Royal Army Medical Corps|
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War|
First World War
Second World War
Haden-Guest was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England, the son of Catharine Anna (née Johnson) and Alexander Haden-Guest, a doctor and surgeon of Manchester who was an active worker for the left. He was educated first at William Hulme's Grammar School, then studied medicine at Owens College, Manchester and the London Hospital.
Haden-Guest served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in the Boer War, World War I, and World War II, awarded the Military Cross. He was the founder of the Anglo-French Committee of the Red Cross. He was a member of the London County Council for Woolwich East (1919–22). He was a Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Southwark North (1923–27), and for Islington North (1937–50), and founded the Labour Party Commonwealth Group. He unsuccessfully contested Wycombe in 1931.
During the Second World War Haden-Guest contributed to a social survey published by the Fabian Society regarding evacuation. He recommended that school meals and milk should be supplied irrespective of the financial circumstances of the parents. He argued that to discriminate on grounds of income 'socially and psychologically disastrous'.
Haden-Guest was created a peer 2 February 1950 as Baron Haden-Guest, of Saling in the County of Essex and was a Lord-in-waiting to the King (February–October 1951), and thereafter an Assistant Opposition Whip in the House of Lords.
In 1898, he married Edith, daughter of Max Low of London, by whom he had two sons, Stephen and Richard. He was divorced in 1909 and in 1910 he married Muriel Carmel, the daughter of Albert Goldsmid. They had two sons, David, who was killed in the Spanish Civil War, and Peter; and a daughter, Angela. His third marriage was in 1944 to Dr Edith Edgar Macqueen, daughter of George Macqueen. He was the grandfather of actor, writer, director, and musician Christopher Guest.
Haden-Guest converted to Judaism before his marriage to Muriel Goldsmid, his second wife. He "renounced Judaism" in 1924, describing himself subsequently as a "Konfessionslos". He was the first Jew to stand for Parliament as a Labour candidate.
- Roberts, Ernest Stewar; Edward John Gross (1898). Biographical history of Gonville and Caius college, 1349-1897: containing a list of all known members of the college from the foundation to the present time, with biographical notes. University press. p. 554.
- Welshman, John (2010). Churchill’s Children: The Evacuee Experience in Wartime Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 179.
- "No. 38830". The London Gazette. 3 February 1950. p. 594.
- Murray, William Henry (1952). Adam and Cain: symposium of old Bible history, Sumerian Empire, importance of blood of race, juggling juggernaut of the leaders of the Jews, the Gothic civilization of Adam and the ten commandments of his church. Murray.
- Menorah Association (New York, N.Y.) (1957). The Menorah journal. Intercollegiate Menorah Association. 45: 93. Missing or empty
- American Hebrew and Jewish messenger. American Hebrew. 141 (25). 1937. Missing or empty
- "the first Jewish Labour candidate, Captain Haden-Guest": The Jewish Chronicle 11 March 1966, page 8
- Russell, Bertrand (1969). Autobiography of Bertrand Russell (1914 - 1944). New York: Bantam Books. p. 136.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Leslie Haden-Guest
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Southwark North
| Member of Parliament for Islington North
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation|| Baron Haden-Guest