Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameSir Richard Durning HOLT 1st Bt, 7665
EducationWinchester and New CollegeOxford
FatherRobert Durning HOLT , 7636 (1832-1908)
MotherLaurencina POTTER , 7635 (-1906)
Notes for Sir Richard Durning HOLT 1st Bt
Sir Richard Durning Holt, 1st Baronet JP (13 November 1868 – 22 March 1941) was a British Liberal Party politician.

[edit]Background and education

Holt was born at Toxteth Park, Lancashire, the son of Robert Durning Holt, a cotton broker, by his wife Lawrencina Potter, daughter of Richard Potter. Beatrice Webb was his maternal aunt and Sir Stafford Cripps his first cousin. He was educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford.[1]
[edit]Political career

He first stood as Liberal candidate at Liverpool West Derby in 1904 and 1906. He was elected at a by-election in 1907 as a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Hexham but his classical liberal ideas were increasingly out of fashion in the Liberal Party; he opposed David Lloyd George's social welfare legislation as government interference.[2] However he did accept the minimum wage in 1900 and a public works programme in 1929 after at first opposing it.[2] He became part of the "Holt Cave" of Liberal MPs who opposed Lloyd George's 1914 budget. He was Liberal candidate for Cumberland North in 1929. In January 1935 he was created a Baronet in recognition of his public services".[3]

Holt married Eliza Lawrence Wells in 1897. They had three daughters, of whom the eldest, Grace, married Anthony Methuen, 5th Baron Methuen. Holt died in March 1941, aged 72. As he had no sons the baronetcy died with him. Lady Holt died in 1951.[1]
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