Having stood unsuccessfully at Leicester West in 1929 general election, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for South Derbyshire at the 1931 general election, and served as the constituency's MP until his defeat at the 1945 general election by Labour's Arthur Champion.
He was Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs from 1942 to 1945.
- Richard Kimber's political science resources: UK General Elections since 1832
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Paul Emrys-Evans
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David Graham Pole
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Geoffrey Hithersay Shakespeare
|Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
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