Stanley Holmes, 1st Baron Dovercourt
The Lord Dovercourt
|Chairman of the National Liberal Party|
|Preceded by||James Henderson-Stewart|
|Succeeded by||John Maclay|
|Member of Parliament|
14 November 1935 – 18 January 1954
|Preceded by||John Pybus|
|Succeeded by||Julian Ridsdale|
|Member of Parliament|
for North East Derbyshire
14 December 1918 – 26 October 1922
|Preceded by||George Robert Harland Bowden|
|Succeeded by||Frank Lee|
Joseph Stanley Holmes
31 October 1878
|Died||22 April 1961 (aged 82)|
|Political party||National Liberal|
|Alma mater||City of London School|
Joseph Stanley Holmes, 1st Baron Dovercourt (31 October 1878 – 22 April 1961) was a British chartered accountant, businessman and Liberal Party politician, who later served as a Liberal National Member of Parliament.
Background and education
Holmes was a chartered accountant and company director. He served as vice-president of the Building Societies Association and was a member of the London County Council 1910 to 1919. He was elected Liberal Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire at the 1918 general election, but narrowly lost the seat at the 1922 general election. The initially declared majority was only 5 votes, and an electoral petition was lodged. The petition was dismissed when a recount found a higher majority of 15.
Holmes then stood unsuccessfully in Dunbartonshire at the 1923 general election, and in Cheltenham at the 1924 election. He finally returned to the House of Commons after a thirteen-year absence at the 1935 general election, when he was elected for Harwich as a Liberal National. He held the seat until 1954, sitting later as a 'National Liberal and Conservative'. He introduced as Private Member's Bills the Inheritance (Family Provision) Act 1938 and the Coast Protection Act 1939. On 18 January 1954 he was elevated to the peerage as Baron Dovercourt, of Harwich in the County of Essex.
- thepeerage.com Joseph Stanley Holmes, 1st and last Baron Dovercourt
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