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Sir Joseph Herbert Cunliffe, KBE, QC (1 July 1867 – 9 April 1963) was a British barrister and Conservative Party politician.

Cunliffe was called to the bar in 1896 and took silk in 1912. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolton, a two-member constituency, from 1923 to 1929.[1]

He was Attorney-General of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1921 to 1946. From 1932 to 1946 he was Chairman of the General Council of the Bar.

He was appointed a knight bachelor in the 1926 New Year Honours List.[2] In 1946 he was appointed KBE.


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 4)
  2. ^ "No. 33119". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 1 January 1926. p. 2.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Edge
William Russell
Member of Parliament for Bolton
With: Albert Law 1923–24
Cecil Hilton 1924–29
Succeeded by
Michael Brothers
Albert Law