Charles Roberts (British politician)
Charles Henry Roberts (22 August 1865 – 25 June 1959) was a British radical Liberal politician.
He was a fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, where he taught from 1889 to 1895.
He was the unsuccessful Liberal candidate for Wednesbury in the 1895 general election and for Lincoln in 1900. He was elected to Parliament for Lincoln in the 1906 general election and reelected in both elections in 1910.
He served under H. H. Asquith as Under-Secretary of State for India 1914 to 1915. He was then made both Comptroller of the Household and Chairman of the National Health Insurance Joint Committee from 1915 to 1916.
He lost his seat in 1918 when the Coalition Government gave endorsement to his Unionist opponent, but returned briefly to the House of Commons in 1922 when he was elected for Derby. However, he lost this seat in the 1923 general election and retired from national politics.
He afterwards committed himself to work creation schemes in Cumberland, reopening collieries and starting brickworks, limeworks and quarries. He also became involved in farming. From 1938–58 he was chairman of Cumberland County Council and the Cumberland branch of the National Farmers' Union. He also chaired the Aborigines' Protection Society. He was Chairman of the Cumberland War Agricultural Committee, 1939–47. He served as a Justice of the Peace in Cumberland from 1900 to 1950 and was Deputy Chairman of Cumberland Quarter Sessions until 1950.
|Liberal Unionist||Charles Seely||4,002||50.4|
|Liberal Unionist||Charles Seely||3,718||37.2||-3.2|
|Conservative||Henry Page Croft||1,162||11.6||n/a|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+7.4|
|Liberal Unionist||Charles Seely||2,129||19.8||-17.4|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+14.8|
He married Lady Cecilia Maude Howard, daughter of George Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle. They had one son, the Liberal MP Wilfrid Roberts and two daughters, one of whom was the artist Winifred Nicholson. Lady Cecilia died in 1947.
- Tanner, Duncan (13 February 2003). Political Change and the Labour Party 1900-1918. ISBN 9780521530538.
- "Obituary of Charles Henry Roberts". The Times, Friday, Jun 26, 1959. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
- ‘ROBERTS, Charles Henry’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 20 Dec 2013
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Charles Roberts
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Lincoln
J. H. Thomas
| Member of Parliament for Derby
With: J. H. Thomas
J. H. Thomas
| Under-Secretary of State for India
The Lord Islington
The Lord Saye and Sele
| Comptroller of the Household
Sir Edwin Cornwall, Bt