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Wilfrid Sugden

Sir Wilfrid Hart Sugden (1879 – 27 April 1960) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. A Member of Parliament (MP) for fourteen years, he represented three different constituencies, losing his seat twice and losing in three other elections which he contested.

He was elected at the 1918 general election as MP for Royton in Lancashire. He was returned with a reduced majority at the 1922 election, but was defeated at the 1923 general election by the Liberal Party candidate William Gorman.

Sugden returned to Parliament at the 1924 general election as MP for the marginal The Hartlepools, where he defeated the sitting Liberal MP William Jowitt.

At the 1929 general election, he did not seek re-election in The Hartlepools, where the Liberals regained the seat. Instead, he contested Rossendale in Lancashire, where the Conservative MP Robert Waddington had stood down. Sugden was defeated again, winning 30.1% of the votes in a tight three-way contest; he polled only 2,399 votes less than the successful Labour candidate Arthur Law.

The Labour party's vote collapsed at the 1931 general election after Prime Minister Ramsay Macdonald formed a National Government, splitting his party. Sugden contested the Labour-held marginal seat of Leyton West in London, where he was returned to the House of Commons with a majority of nearly 10,000. However, he was ousted again at the 1935 general election, when Labour's Rev. Reginald Sorensen was returned with a majority of only 128.

He then contested the Islington North constituency, at a by-election in 1937 following the death of the Conservative MP Albert Goodman. He lost again, on a swing of 6.9% against the Conservatives.

Sugden's last electoral contest was at the 1945 general election, in the Labour-held constituency of Manchester Platting. Labour held the seat with a majority of over 7,000.


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  • Hansard 1803–2005:
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Royton
Succeeded by
William Gorman
Preceded by
William Jowitt
Member of Parliament for The Hartlepools
Succeeded by
William George Howard Gritten
Preceded by
Reginald Sorensen
Member of Parliament for Leyton West
Succeeded by
Reginald Sorensen

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