Thomas Moles

Thomas Moles (13 November 1871 – 3 February 1937) was a journalist and Ulster Unionist politician.

Thomas Moles
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Moles in 1923
Member of Parliament
for Belfast South
In office
15 November 1922 – 30 May 1929
Preceded byWilliam Arthur Lindsay (1918)
Constituency recreated
Succeeded byWilliam Stewart
Personal details
Born13 November 1871
Belfast, Ireland
Died3 February 1937(1937-02-03) (aged 65)
NationalityBritish
Political partyUlster Unionist Party
ProfessionJournalist

LifeEdit

Born in Belfast in 1871, Moles was the son of Edward Moles and Margaret née Carson and was educated at the Collegiate School, Ballymena. A journalist by profession, he was Leader Writer for the Belfast Telegraph from 1909 until 1924 and managing editor for that newspaper from 1924.[1]

Moles was an Irish representative on the British press visit to Canada in 1911. He was a member of the Secretariat to the Irish Convention from 1917 to 1918.

Moles was MP for Belfast Ormeau 1918–1922 and Belfast South at Westminster from 1922 until he retired in 1929.

He was also an MP in the Northern Ireland House of Commons from 1921 to 1929 for South Belfast and for Belfast, Ballynafeigh from 1929 to his death in 1937.[1] He was the first ever member declared elected to the Northern Ireland House of Commons. He was Chairman of the Ways and Means and Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland House of Commons from 7 June 1921 until his death; and Member of the Privy Council of Northern Ireland in 1923.

Moles was married in Ramoan, Co Antrim on 20 March 1901 to Charlotte Brannigan and had three children. He was also a motorcycle enthusiast and helped to push through parliament the first Road Races Act, which made it legal for the roads on the Clady Course to be closed for the first Ulster Grand Prix motorcycle road race on 14 October 1922.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Harbinson, John F. (1973). The Ulster Unionist Party, 1882–1973. Belfast: Blackstaff Press. p. 181. ISBN 0856400769.
  2. ^ Eddie McIlwaine (17 August 2008). "10 things you didn't know about the big event". Belfast Telegraph. p. 15.

External linksEdit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Belfast Ormeau
1918–1922
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Belfast South
1922–1929
Succeeded by
Parliament of Northern Ireland
New constituency Member of Parliament for Belfast South
1921–1929
With: Hugh Pollock 1921–1929
Julia McMordie 1921–1925
Crawford McCullagh 1921–1925
Arthur Black 1925–1929
Philip James Woods 1925
Anthony Babington 1925–1929
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Belfast, Ballynafeigh
1929–1937
Succeeded by
Political offices
New office Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland House of Commons
1921–1937
Succeeded by