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Albert Stanley (Liberal politician)

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Albert Stanley

Albert Stanley (1863 – 17 December 1915) was an English Liberal Party then Labour Party politician and Secretary of the Midland Counties Miners' Federation.

Political careerEdit

In 1877 at the age of 15 he became Secretary of his local Young Liberal Association. He supported Home Rule for Ireland and was an ardent follower of William Gladstone. In 1894 he was a founding member of the Midlands Liberal Federation. He was elected to Staffordshire County Council from its conception and sat until his death. He was twice approached by the Liberal Party to stand for parliament but declined.[1] However, on a third occasion in 1907 he accepted and was elected at the North West Staffordshire by-election, 1907. He sat as Member of Parliament (MP) for North West Staffordshire and was often described as a Liberal–Labour politician. He was opposed to the miners affiliating to the Labour Party. When in 1909 the Miners Federation of Great Britain voted to affiliate, although a lifelong Liberal, he agreed to seek re-election as a Labour Party candidate.[2] He was returned to the House of Commons again at the December 1910 general election, and died in office in 1915, aged 52.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.dawleyheritage.co.uk
  2. ^ http://www.dawleyheritage.co.uk
  3. ^ ‘STANLEY, Albert’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 6 April 2015

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alfred Billson
Member of Parliament for North West Staffordshire
19071915
Succeeded by
Samuel Finney
Trade union offices
Preceded by
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General Secretary of the Cannock Chase Miners' Association
1884–1907
Succeeded by
S. F. Dangerfield
Preceded by
Benjamin Dean
Secretary of the Midland Counties Miners' Federation
1890–1915
Succeeded by
John Baker?