Wilfred Wellock

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Wilfred Wellock (2 January 1879 – 22 July 1972)[1] was a socialist Gandhian and sometime Labour politician and MP.


He was imprisoned as a conscientious objector in the First World War.

He was elected at Member of Parliament (MP) for Member of Parliament (MP) for Stourbridge at a by-election in February 1927, having unsuccessfully contested the seat in 1923 and 1924. He was re-elected in 1929, but at the 1931 general election he was defeated by the Conservative Party candidate. Wellock stood again at the 1935 election, but did not regain his seat.[2]

Wellock was an active member of both the No More War Movement[3] and the Peace Pledge Union.[4] He was a prolific pamphleteer.

Wellock's work was admired by Aldous Huxley, who stated in his book Science, Liberty and Peace that Wellock and Ralph Borsodi's work constituted a "tiny piece of decentralist leaven" within the "whole large lump of contemporary society".[5]


  • Wellock, Wilfred (1917). A Modern Idealist. [A novel.] (London : C. W. Daniel)
  • Wellock, Wilfred (1921). Christian Communism, etc. (pp. 43. National Labour Press: Manchester)
  • Wellock, Wilfred (1922). India's Awakening, its national and world-wide significance. (pp. 69. Labour Publishing Co.: London)
  • Wellock, Wilfred (1938). Destruction or Construction-Which? An open letter to members of the Labour Party, (pp. 11. Peace Pledge Union: London])
  • Wellock, Wilfred (1943). A Mechanistic or a Human Society?. (pp. 32. Wilfred Wellock: Quinton)
  • Wellock, Wilfred (1950). Gandhi as a social revolutionary (Birmingham : W. Wellock)
  • Wellock, Wilfred (1951). The Challenge of our Times. Annihilation or creative revolution? (pp. 15. London)
  • Wellock, Wilfred (1955). Not by Bread alone. A study of America's expanding economy. [(pp. 16. Housmans: London)
  • Wellock, Wilfred (1961). Off the beaten track : adventures in the art of living.
  • Wellock, Wilfred (c. 1961). The crisis in our civilisation : reorganisation by industry a key to world peace, (London : Society for Democratic Integration in Industry)
  • Wellock, Wilfred. Youth and adventure: on which side shall I enlist?
  • Wellock, Wilfred. Power or peace western industrialism and world leadership
  • Wellock, Wilfred. Rebuilding Britain. A new peace orientation. (pp. 47. Hallmark Books: London)


  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 503. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 
  3. ^ Pugh, Michael (2012). Liberal Internationalism: The Interwar Movement for Peace in Britain. London: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 94. ISBN 0-230-53763-4. 
  4. ^ Barker, Rachel (1982). Conscience, Government, And War: Conscientious Objection in Great Britain, 1939-45. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. p. 100. 
  5. ^ Huxley, Aldous (1946). Science, Liberty and Peace. London: Chatto and Windus. p. 43. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Rigby, Andrew (1988). A life in peace : a biography of Wilfred Wellock. Prism. ISBN 1-85327-005-9. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Douglas Pielou
Member of Parliament for Stourbridge
Succeeded by
Robert Morgan