Major Sir Herbert Paul Latham
|Member of Parliament |
for Scarborough and Whitby
6 May 1931 – 18 August 1941
|Preceded by||Sidney Herbert|
|Succeeded by||Alexander Spearman|
|Born||22 April 1905|
|Died||24 July 1955(aged 50)|
|Spouse(s)||Lady Patricia Doreen Moore (1933–1943)|
|Alma mater||Magdalen College, Oxford|
Major Sir Herbert Paul Latham, 2nd Baronet (22 April 1905 – 24 July 1955) was a British Conservative Party politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Scarborough and Whitby constituency from 1931 to 1941.
In April 1931 the standing MP for Scarborough and Whitby, Sidney Herbert, resigned from the House of Commons. Latham was selected as the Conservative candidate for the resulting by-election on 6 May, which he won a majority of 5% of the votes over his Liberal Party opponent.
Arrest, attempted suicide and court-martial
During World War II, despite being exempt from military service, Latham volunteered to join the army. In 1941, however, he was arrested  for "improper behaviour", a homosexual act, with three gunners and a civilian (letters he had written to those involved had been discovered) while serving as an officer in the Royal Artillery.
He was court-martialled and found guilty of ten charges of indecent conduct and of attempted suicide and was discharged dishonourably and imprisoned for two years without hard labour. Latham's court-martial was the first time a sitting MP who was also in the army had been court-martialled since 1815. He resigned his seat in Parliament.
In 1933 Latham married Lady Patricia Doreen Moore, the daughter of Henry Moore, 10th Earl of Drogheda and Kathleen Pelham Burn. She divorced him in 1943 and died in 1947. He was succeeded in the baronetcy by their only son, Richard Thomas Paul Latham, born in April 1934.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Scarborough and Whitby
1931 – 1941
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
Thomas Paul Latham
( of Crow Clump)
Richard Thomas Paul Latham