Robert Richardson (Labour politician)
Robert Richardson (1 February 1862 – 28 December 1943) was a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. Prior to his election he was a miner, with his entry in e Times House of Commons 1919 noting that he had 'worked at all kind of jobs in the pit'.
He was elected at the 1918 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Houghton-le-Spring in County Durham, defeating the sitting Liberal MP Thomas Edward Wing by 689 votes in a close three-way contest. Richardson held the seat until the 1931 general election, when Labour split over budgetary policy and its leader Ramsay MacDonald left the party to form a National Government. His Conservative Party successor Robert Chapman served only one term in Parliament, as Labour regained the seat at the 1935 general election; but Richardson did not stand again after his defeat.
- The Times House of Commons 1919. London: The Times Publishing Company (Limited). 1919. p. 51.
- 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
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Robert Richardson
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Thomas Edward Wing
|Member of Parliament for Houghton-le-Spring
1918 – 1931
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