William Leach (Labour politician)

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William Leach (1870 – 21 November 1949)[1] was a British Labour Party politician.

He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Bradford Central at the 1922 general election, having unsuccessfully contested the seat in 1918. He was re-elected in 1923,[2] and served as Under-Secretary of State for Air in the First Labour Government.

Leach lost his seat at the 1924 general election to his Conservative party opponent. His share of the vote had increased, but the absence for the first time of a Liberal Party candidate proved more beneficial to the Conservatives. He was re-elected to the House of Commons at the 1929 general election, but was defeated again when the Labour Party split at the 1931 general election. He regained the seat again at the 1935 general election, and represented Bradford Central for a further decade until he retired from politics at the 1945 general election.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "B" (part 4)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 99. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Butler Ratcliffe
Member of Parliament for Bradford Central
19221924
Succeeded by
Anthony Gadie
Preceded by
Anthony Gadie
Member of Parliament for Bradford Central
19291931
Succeeded by
George Eady
Preceded by
George Eady
Member of Parliament for Bradford Central
19351945
Succeeded by
Maurice Webb
Political offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Sutherland
Under-Secretary of State for Air
1924
Succeeded by
Sir Philip Sassoon, Bt.