In the 1885 general election, Strong was elected Member of Parliament for Camberwell North. He retired at the 1886 general election. He made no contributions in parliament during his time as an MP.
Strong was a member of the Metropolitan Asylums Board and chairman of the Exmouth Training Ship Committee, an institution that trained workhouse boys to be sailors. In 1892 he was appointed a member of the board of governors of the newly formed Borough Road Polytechnic.
The Local Government Act 1888 created an elected London County Council, and Strong was chosen by the North Camberwell Liberal and Radical Association as a candidate for the first election. He was elected to the council, forming part of the majority Progressive Party group, which was backed by the parliamentary Liberal Party. He continued to represent North Camberwell on the council until 1904, being re-elected on four occasions, and was a county alderman from 1904 until 1907.
Strong died at the age of 81.
Strong married Sarah from Worplesdon.
- "Biographies of Candidates". The Times. 25 November 1885. p. 4.
- British Census 1881 RG11 0674/24 p39
- Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
- "The Metropolitan Constituencies". The Daily News. London. 1 July 1886.
- Hansard Millbank Systems Richard Strong
- "The Candidates For The London County Council". The Times. 20 December 1885. p. 12.
- "The Borough-Road Polytechnic". The Times. 23 September 1892. p. 6.
- "London County Council Election". The Times. 4 March 1907. p. 6.
- W Eric Jackson (1965). Achievement: A Short History of the LCC. Longmans. p. 282.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Camberwell North
1885 – 1886
John Richards Kelly