William Jones (Liberal politician)

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William Jones (1859 – 9 May 1915) was a British Liberal Party politician.

Early history[edit]

Jones was born in 1859 the son of W. Jones, a peasant farmer. He was educated first at the British school at Llangefni, later becoming the pupil-teacher there. He continued his education at Bangor Normal College, the University College of Wales, Aberystwith and finally at Oxford University.[1] He became a country schoolmaster, then an Assistant Master at Anglesey, Cardiganshire and then under the London School Board, and afterwards he worked as a private tutor at Oxford.[2]

Political career[edit]

Jones entered the House of Commons as Liberal MP for Arfon in the 1895 general election;

General Election 1895: Arfon [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Jones 4,488 61.1 n/a
Conservative Prof. A W Hughes 2,860 38.9 n/a
Majority 1,628 22.2 n/a
Turnout 83.3 n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a

He was re-elected unopposed in 1900 and in 1906;

General Election 1906: Arfon [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Jones 5,945 70.1 n/a
Conservative Arthur E Hughes 2,533 29.9 n/a
Majority 3,412 40.2 n/a
Turnout 85.2 n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a

In parliament he supported the 1908 Women's Enfranchisement Bill.[5] He was re-elected at the January 1910;

General Election January 1910: Arfon [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Jones 6,223 70.3
Conservative Arthur E Hughes 2,629 29.7
Majority 3,594 40.6
Liberal hold Swing

He was elected unopposed at the December 1910 election. In 1911 was appointed to the Liberal administration of H. H. Asquith as a government whip. He died in office in May 1915.


  1. ^ Liberal Year Book 1907
  2. ^ Debrett's House of Commons 1901
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  5. ^ http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1908/feb/28/womens-enfranchisement-bill-1
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Rathbone
Member of Parliament for Arfon
Succeeded by
Griffith Caradoc Rees
Political offices
Preceded by
Oswald Partington
John Gulland
William Wedgwood Benn
Ernest Soares
Percy Illingworth
Junior Lord of the Treasury
With: John Gulland 1911–1915
William Wedgwood Benn 1911–1915
Ernest Soares 1911
Percy Illingworth 1911–1912
Frederick Edward Guest 1911–1912
Arthur Haworth 1912
Henry Webb 1912–1915
Cecil Beck 1915
Walter Rea 1915
Succeeded by
William Wedgwood Benn
Henry Webb
Cecil Beck
Walter Rea