Robert Richardson (Labour politician)

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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'.[1]

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.[1] 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.


  1. ^ a b The Times House of Commons 1919. London: The Times Publishing Company (Limited). 1919. p. 51. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Edward Wing
Member of Parliament for Houghton-le-Spring
Succeeded by
Robert Chapman