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Frank Briant

Frank Briant (1863[1] – 1 September 1934) was a British Liberal politician and Civil Servant. In religion he was a Congregationalist.

He was a member of Lambeth Borough Council, the London County Council and the House of Commons. He was first elected to Lambeth Council and was elected Chairman of the Council in 1899, a position he held for 20 years. He was elected as a Progressive Party member to the London County Council in 1905 representing Lambeth North.[2] He served as both a borough and county councillor through to the end of the World War I.

He stood as Liberal candidate for Lambeth North at the 1918 General Election. Despite his Unionist opponent receiving the 'coupon' letter of support from David Lloyd George he gained the seat from the Unionists. His election was one of only a handful of gains made by the Liberals at these elections.

In 1919, due to the commencement of his parliamentary career, he stood down from the Chairmanship of Lambeth Council, and retired from the London County Council.

He retained his seat in the House of Commons at every subsequent election until losing it to Labour in the 1929 General Election.

In 1931 he returned to municipal politics and was re-elected to the London County Council again representing Lambeth North. Later that year he regained his Lambeth North seat in the House of Commons, defeating the Labour candidate at the 1931 General Election.

He remained a London County Councillor up until the Match 1934 elections. He continued to represent Lambeth North in the House of Commons until his death. He died on 1 September 1934 at the Alford House Institute for Workingmen and Lads of which he had been the superintendent for 47 years.[3]

See also



  • The Liberal Yearbook
  • Leigh Rayment's peerage page -
  • The Story of the London County Council

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir William Henry Houghton Gastrell
Member of Parliament for Lambeth North
Succeeded by
George Strauss
Preceded by
George Strauss
Member of Parliament for Lambeth North
Succeeded by
George Strauss
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