Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameHilda STEVENSON , 8280
MotherAnn Margaret LAWSON , 8281
ChildrenKatherine , 8259 (1909-1949)
 Walter Leslie , 8278 (1900-1989)
 Ruth , 8282
 James Cochran Stevenson , 8283 (1903-2000)
 Margaret , 8284
Notes for Hilda STEVENSON
Educated at Notting Hill High School and Girton College, Cambridge where she obtained a First class degree in the History Tripos. In 1898 Hilda Stevenson married Walter Runciman (1870-1949), later Viscount Runciman with whom she had five children. In her twenties, Hilda Runciman became a forceful and confident speaker on education, housing and social work. She was president of the Women's National Liberal Federation (1919-21) and advocated independent Liberalism exercising a significant political influence. She was briefly MP for St Ives (1928-9) before standing down in favour of her husband.72

From Wikipedia

Hilda Runciman, Viscountess Runciman of Doxford (28 September 1869 – 28 October 1956) was a British Liberal Party politician.

Family and Education

A daughter of James Cochran Stevenson, a Liberal Member of Parliament for South Shields, Hilda Stevenson was educated at Notting Hill High School and Girton College, Cambridge where she took first class honours in the History Tripos. In 1898 she married Walter Runciman, a rising politician. They had two sons and three daughters.[1]

]Political career


She became the first woman member to be elected to the Newcastle on Tyne School Board.[1] She was also a member of the Northumberland County Council Education Committee and one of the earliest women magistrates.[2]


In the 1920s Mrs Runciman took on a more national political role. She served as president of the Women's National Liberal Federation, 1919–21, continuing to sit on its executive committee for many years. She also served as president of the Women's Free Church Council, a member of the executive of the League of Nations Union, chaired the Westminster Housing Association, and was a founder of the Westminster Housing Trust. In Liberal Party politics she was a strong advocate of H H Asquith, and under her presidency the Women's National Liberal Federation supported the maintenance of independent Liberalism and an end to the Lloyd George coalition.[3]

She became an MP in her own right in 1928, when she was elected in a by-election as Member of Parliament for St Ives in Cornwall, though she remained in Parliament for only one year, handing the seat to her husband at the 1929 general election. She herself fought the 1929 general election for the Liberals at Tavistock, having been invited to become the candidate by the local Liberal Association against the wishes of national headquarters who were apparently unhappy that she was not a supporter of party leader David Lloyd George.[4] She narrowly failed to gain Tavistock from the Tories by just 152 votes.


In 1937 her husband became Viscount Runciman of Doxford, and she was styled as Viscountess Runciman of Doxford.
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