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Sir Austin Uvedale Morgan Hudson, 1st Baronet (6 February 1897 – 29 November 1956) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.

He was elected at the 1922 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Islington East, but lost the seat at the 1923 election. He returned to Parliament at the 1924 general election when he won the Hackney North seat from the Liberal Party MP John Harris. He held that seat until the Labour landslide at the 1945 general election, when he lost by a large margin to Labour's Henry Goodrich.

Hudson was returned to the House of Commons at the 1950 general election for the new Lewisham North, which he represented until his death in 1956, aged 59.

In Ramsay MacDonald's National Government 1931-1935 he was a Lord of the Treasury (government whip, and in the second National Government he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport from 1935 to 1939, and then Civil Lord of the Admiralty from 1939 to 1940. He was reappointed to the Admiralty in Winston Churchill's war-time Coalition Government, and left the government in March 1942. He returned to office briefly in 1945, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fuel, Light and Power in the Caretaker Government 1945 which held office from May to July that year.

He was made a baronet in July 1942, of North Hackney, in the County of Middlesex. His widow, Margaret, was an early employer of Archibald Hall, notorious for his murderous and thieving actions as a butler to the aristocracy;[1] Hall refrained from stealing from Lady Hudson as he liked her too much.

He was supporter of Clapton Orient Football club and in the 1930s he was President of the Supporters Club. Source: Neilson N. Kaufman historian Leyton Orient FC. February 2017.


  • Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  • Leigh Rayment's list of baronets
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
  1. ^ The Butler Did It: My True and Terrifying Encounters with a Serial Killer, Paul Pender, Mainstream Publishing, 2012

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