Arthur Griffith-Boscawen

Arthur Griffith-Boscawen

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Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Arthur Sackville Trevor Griffith-Boscawen PC (18 October 1865 – 1 June 1946) was a British Conservative Party politician whose career was cut short by repeatedly losing a string of Parliamentary elections.

Griffith-Boscawen was born in Trefalyn, Denbighshire. He was educated at Rugby School and Queen's College, Oxford. In 1892 he was elected an MP and in his early years he carved out a niche for himself as a parliamentary Churchman. He became Hicks-Beach's private secretary in 1895, a job he held for five years until he became a member of the London County Council until 1913.

Griffith-Boscawen had a special interest in working class housing throughout his career. He was a Tariff Reformer who admired Joseph Chamberlain because he became a very influential Conservative even though he was not from an aristocratic background. He was knighted in 1911.

Griffith-Boscawen, who had been a Special Reserve officer for many years, commanded a garrison battalion in France from 1914 to 1916. He was recalled to become a junior minister in 1916 and supported the disestablishment of the Church in Wales. He was appointed to the Privy Council in the 1920 New Year Honours, entitling him to the style "The Right Honourable".

In 1921 he was appointed to the Lloyd George Coalition Government as Minister of Agriculture but under the law at the time he was required to automatically stand for re-election to the House of Commons....
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