Tolley was first elected to Kidderminster Town Council in 1919. In 1923 he was president of the town's Trades and Labour Council, and was the Labour Party's parliamentary candidate at the general election. He was twice mayor of the borough during the Second World War.
At the 1945 general election, he was elected as Member of Parliament for Kidderminster. However, at the next general election in 1950, he lost the seat to the Conservative Party candidate Gerald Nabarro. He rejoined the borough council as an alderman, and was mayor for the third time in 1957. He was made an honorary freeman of the borough in 1958.
- "Obituary: Ald. Louis Tolley". The Times. 1 May 1959. p. 17.
- "Mr Balwin's Campaign". The Times. 23 November 1923. p. 15.
- Not updated: UK General Election results: February 1950
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1983
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Louis Tolley
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