M. Philips Price

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Morgan Philips Price (29 January 1885 – 23 September 1973)[1] was a British politician and a Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP).

He was born in Gloucester. His father, William Edwin Price, was also a British MP, serving for the seat of Tewkesbury. M. Philips Price was schooled at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge. When his father died in 1886, Price - then one year old - inherited an estate of some 2,000 acres (8.1 km2).

Journalistic career[edit]

His political life began as a member of the Liberal Party, and he was selected as a prospective party candidate for Gloucester (1911–14). However, he took an anti-war stance at the outbreak of the First World War joining the anti-war Union of Democratic Control at its inception. In 1912, he published a volume of travel writing on Siberia, concentrating on social and economic prospects for teh region, where he spentmost of 1909-10 researching and travelling. In 1914, he also published "The Diplomatic History of the War".

He was then recruited by C.P. Scott of the Manchester Guardian, and became a war correspondent for the Eastern Front. As a Russian speaker, he was subsequently able to observe and report on the Russian Revolution. In 1921, he returned to Britain and published "My Reminiscences of the Russian Revolution" which showed sympathy to the government of Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks.

Price was later employed by the Daily Herald as a correspondent in Germany from 1919–23.


After the First World War, Price joined the Labour Party, and became its candidate for the Gloucester seat. He fought the seat at the general elections in 1922, 1923 and 1924 but was never successful.[2] At the 1929 general election, he was finally elected to parliament for the Whitehaven constituency.[2] He joined Ramsay MacDonald's government when appointed as Private Secretary to Charles Trevelyan, president of the Board of Education.

At the 1931 general election Price lost his seat.[2] However, he returned to Parliament in 1935, as member for the Forest of Dean which he served until the constituency was abolished in boundary changes for the 1950 general election.[2] He was elected instead for the new West Gloucestershire constituency, and held that seat until he retired from the House of Commons at the 1959 general election.[3]

In 1969, Morgan Philips Price published his memoirs, My Three Revolutions. He died on 23 September 1973, aged 88.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "W" (part 3)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 137, 317, 360. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  3. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "G" (part 1)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 21 April 2009.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Hudson
Member of Parliament for Whitehaven
Succeeded by
William Nunn
Preceded by
John Worthington
Member of Parliament for Forest of Dean
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for West Gloucestershire
Succeeded by
Charles Loughlin