At the 1918 general election, he stood unsuccessfully in the Leith constituency in Scotland. He was elected at the 1922 general election as Member of Parliament for Rochdale in Lancashire, but was defeated at the 1923 election. He did not stand for Parliament again,and returned to his role as a leading official of the Amalgamated Engineering Trade Union.
- 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 Stanley Burgess
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1922 – 1923
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