Leeds MPs

GLADSTONE, Herbert John (1854–1930) Liberal. Lecturer.

In 1880 he stood for Middlesex but was defeated. In the same general election his father, William Ewart Gladstone, stood for both Leeds and Midlothian. Winning both, he opted for Midlothian and his son was then asked to stand in the forthcoming Leeds by-election. The Conservatives did not offer a candidate and thus Herbert Gladstone became MP. In 1881 he was appointed Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, and thus a further by-election was called but once again the Conservatives decided not to stand. In 1885 Leeds was divided into constituencies and Gladstone opted to stand for Leeds West. He did so successfully in the 1885, 1886, 1892, 1895, 1900 and 1906. As Under Secretary at the Home Office in 1893, he sent the telegram to the mayor that Leeds had been designated a city. He became Financial Secretary to the War Office in 1896 and Home Secretary from 1905–1909. Gladstone stood down and was raised to the peerage in 1910 . He was then made Governor-General of South Africa from 1910–1914. He is, perhaps, best remembered for flying the Hawarden Kite, the leak to the Leeds Mercury that his father had changed his mind over Irish Home Rule. For further reading see Yorkshire Post, 23 November 1907, 7 March 1930.