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Charles Talbot Foxcroft

Captain Charles Talbot Foxcroft (1868 – 11 February 1929)[1] was a British Conservative Party politician. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Bath from 1918 to 1923, and from 1924 until his death.

Political career

Foxcroft first stood for election to Parliament at the 1906 general election, when he was an unsuccessful candidate in the Frome division of Somerset. Frome was a consistently Liberals seat, although the Liberal majorities were slim, and Foxcroft lost again in Frome at the elections in January 1910 and December 1910.[2]

In September 1918, Lord Alexander Thynne, the Conservative MP for Bath, was killed in action in World War I.[3] Foxcroft was selected as the Conservative candidate in the resulting by-election, and was elected unopposed on 15 October.[2] Parliament was dissolved only five weeks later, on 21 November,[4] and at the general election in December the Bath constituency was reduced from two seats in the House of Commons to one.

However the parties in the Liberal-Conservative Coalition Government agreed an electoral pact, and no Liberal candidate stood in Bath. Foxcroft was returned as a "Coalition Conservative", with a majority of nearly 50% over his sole opponent, a Labour Party candidate.[5] He was re-elected in a three-way contest in 1922, but at the 1923 general election he faced only one opponent, the Liberal barrister Frank Raffety. Raffety took the seat, but at that parliament was dissolved less than a year later. At the general election in October 1924, Foxcroft retook the seat with 56% of the votes in a 3-way contest.[5]

He died in office in February 1929, aged 60.[1]


Foxcroft was the son of Edward Talbot Day Foxcroft (c.1837–1911), born Edward Talbot Day Jones, the owner of Hinton House at Hinton Charterhouse in Somerset. He inherited the estate on the death of his father.[6]



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  • the UK National Archives
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord Alexander Thynne
Sir Charles Hunter, Bt
Member of Parliament for Bath
October 19181923
With: Sir Charles Hunter, Bt to December 1918
Succeeded by
Frank Raffety
Preceded by
Frank Raffety
Member of Parliament for Bath
Succeeded by
Hon. Charles Baillie-Hamilton

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