Fawkes was the son of the Rev. Frederick Fawkes of Farnley Hall, North Yorkshire. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he was admitted in 1890, and farmed at Kirby Overblow. He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Pudsey and Otley division of the West Riding of Yorkshire at the 1922 general election, but retired from the House of Commons at the 1923 general election.
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1922 – 1923
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