Raikes was the son of Henry St. John Digby Raikes, eldest son of Henry Cecil Raikes. His mother was Annie Lucinda (née Mackinnon). Educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, he unsuccessfully contested Ilkeston in 1924 and 1929 before being elected for South East Essex in 1931. During World War II he served as a flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force.
In 1945 Raikes was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Liverpool Wavertree. In 1950, 1951, and 1955 he was elected for Liverpool Garston. He left office in 1957 and was replaced by Richard Martin Bingham in a by-election.
- thepeerage.com Henry Victor Alpin MacKinnon Raikes
- "The London Gazette" (PDF). 10 December 1957. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Victor Raikes