Robert Armitage (politician)
Armitage in 1922
|Member of the United Kingdom Parliament|
for Leeds Central
|Preceded by||Gerald William Balfour|
|Succeeded by||Arthur Wellesley Willey|
|Born||February 22, 1866|
|Died||February 10, 1944(aged 77)|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
Armitage was a son of William James Armitage and Emily Nicholson of Farnley, Leeds. He was the nephew of Edward Armitage and Thomas Rhodes Armitage, the uncle of Robert Selby Armitage, and second cousin once removed of Edward Leathley Armitage. He was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1888. He first married in 1891, Caroline Katharine Ryder, a daughter of Dudley Henry Ryder of Westbrook-Hay, Hemel-Hempstead. They had three sons and four daughters. She died in 1933. He then married in 1936, Mrs Mary Dorothea Russell, widow of Rev. E. Bacheler Russell. He lived at Farnley Hall, Leeds.
Armitage was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1889. He was director of several mining companies including Brodsworth Main Colliery Company, Llay Main Colllieries, Markham Main Colliery and Wagon Finance Corporation.
Armitage served as Lord Mayor of Leeds from 1904–05 and Deputy Lord Mayor from 1905–06, 1906–07 and 1908–09. He was a Justice of the peace for the City of Leeds. He gained Leeds Central from the Conservative in 1906, the first time the Liberals had won the constituency. He was comfortably re-elected in both 1910 elections. He supported the wartime Coalition government. At the 1918 election he received endorsement by the government and did not get a Unionist opponent and was easily re-elected. At the 1922 election he stood as a candidate of the official Liberal party rather than as a National Liberal supporter of Lloyd George. As a result he not only faced a Labour party opponent but a Unionist opponent and lost his seat, finishing third. He did not stand for parliament again.
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+15.0|
|Co-operative Party||Joseph Smith||2,146||13.2||n/a|
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||n/a|
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 1)
- "Obituaries: Mr Robert Armitage". The Times. 11 February 1944. p. 7.
- "Lord Mayors & Aldermen of Leeds since 1626" (PDF). leeds City Council. Archived from the original (pdf) on 27 March 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
- Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1922
- (2007, December 01). Armitage, Robert, (22 Feb. 1866–10 Feb. 1944). WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. Ed. Retrieved 27 Mar. 2019, from http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/10.1093/ww/9780199540891.001.0001/ww-9780199540884-e-221967.
- "Robert Armitage". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- The Liberal Year Book, 1907
- Durham Mining Museum page cached at Google Archived 21 November 2012 at Archive.today
- British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Robert Armitage
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Gerald William Balfour
| Member of Parliament for Leeds Central
Arthur Wellesley Willey