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Thomas Wiles MP, circa 1906

Thomas Wiles (19 June 1861 [1] – 18 May 1951), was a British Liberal Party politician.

Liberal Party (UK) political party of the United Kingdom, 1859–1988

The Liberal Party was one of the two major parties in the United Kingdom with the opposing Conservative Party in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The party arose from an alliance of Whigs and free trade Peelites and Radicals favourable to the ideals of the American and French Revolutions in the 1850s. By the end of the 19th century, it had formed four governments under William Gladstone. Despite being divided over the issue of Irish Home Rule, the party returned to government in 1905 and then won a landslide victory in the following year's general election.

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Family

He was the youngest son of Joseph Wiles of St Albans. He married in 1890, Winifred Alice Crassweller of Highbury. They had one son and two daughters. He was educated at Amersham Hall School.

St Albans City in southern Hertfordshire, England

St Albans is a city in Hertfordshire, England, and the major urban area in the City and District of St Albans. It lies east of Hemel Hempstead and west of Hatfield, about 20 miles (32 km) north-northwest of central London, 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Welwyn Garden City and 11 miles (18 km) south-southeast of Luton. St Albans was the first major town on the old Roman road of Watling Street for travellers heading north, and it became the Roman city of Verulamium. It is a historic market town and is now a dormitory town within the London commuter belt and the Greater London Built-up Area.

Highbury district in the London Borough of Islington, England

Highbury is a district in North London and part of the London Borough of Islington. The area now known as Islington was part of the larger manor of Tolentone, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Tolentone was owned by Ranulf brother of Ilger and included all the areas north and east of Canonbury and Holloway Roads.

Business career

He was Life Governor of Joseph Wiles & Son, Ltd, grain merchants, of Mark Lane, London. He was Chairman of the Corn Exchange. He was Chairman of the Anglo-Portuguese Colonial and Overseas Bank, Ltd.

Political career

He was elected to the London County Council for South-West Bethnal Green in a by-election 3 February 1900, and took his seat the following week. [2] For some years he was Whip to the Progressive party. He was Chairman of the Port of London Authority. He was Chairman of the Royal Surgical Aid Society. He was Liberal MP for Islington South in 1906–18. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Thomas McKinnon Wood when he was Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in 1908–11, continuing until 1912 while Wood served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury. [1] He was Secretary to the London Liberal MPs. [1] He was made a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom in 1916. He was a Justice of the Peace in Oxfordshire. [1] His parliamentary career ended when he lost his Islington South seat in 1918 when the Coalition Government coupon was given to his Unionist opponent. He attempted a return to parliament at the 1922 General Election, again at Islington South, but in a close three-way contest, he finished second. His final parliamentary contest came at Eastbourne, at the 1923 General Election, when he finished second. [3]

London County Council Local government body for the County of London, 1889 to 1965; replaced by Greater London Council

London County Council (LCC) was the principal local government body for the County of London throughout its existence from 1889 to 1965, and the first London-wide general municipal authority to be directly elected. It covered the area today known as Inner London and was replaced by the Greater London Council. The LCC was the largest, most significant and most ambitious English municipal authority of its day.

The Progressive Party was a political party aligned to the Liberal Party that contested municipal elections in the United Kingdom.

Port of London Authority

The Port of London Authority (PLA) is a self-funding public trust established by the Port of London Act 1908 to govern the Port of London. Its responsibility extends over the Tideway of the River Thames and its continuation. It maintains and supervises navigation, and protects the river's environment.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Debrett's House of Commons 1918
  2. "London County Council". The Times (36059). London. 7 February 1900. p. 13.
  3. British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Albert Rollit
Member of Parliament for Islington South
19061918
Succeeded by
Charles Frederick Higham