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JONES , LEIFCHILD STRATTEN LEIF (1862-1939), Liberal politician and temperance advocate .

Born in London 16 Jan. 1862, son of Thomas Jones ( 1819 - 1882 ). He graduated with a ‘first’ in mathematics from Trinity College , Oxford . After repeated failures in other constituencies, he became M.P. for N. Westmorland ( 1905-10 ), Rushcliffe, Notts. ( 1910-18 ), and Camborne , Cornwall ( 1923-4 and 1929-31 ). He was raised to the peerage in 1932 , as baron Rhayader . He d. 26 Sept. 1939 ( Who was Who ).

He went to Scotch College Melbourne before entering Oxford where he gained a M.A. degree in 1889 . He became a member of the Privy Council in 1917 ; he was president of the United Kingdom Alliance (temperance movement) 1906-32 , and president of the Liberal Council 1934-37 . He changed his name to Leif-Jones 11 Jan. 1932 .

Sources:

  • L. G. Pine , New extinct peerages 1884-1971, containing extinct, abeyant, dormant & suspended peerages with genealogies and arms , London, 1972 , 229;
  • The Times , 27 Sept. 1939 ;
  • Who's who of British members of parliament a biographical dictionary of the House of Commons based on annual volumes of 'Dod's parliamentary companion' and other sources: Vol.1. 1832-1885 , 1976 .

Author:

Dr Llewelyn Gwyn Chambers, Bangor

Published date: 2001