Leeds MPs

KABERRY, Sir Donald (1907–1991) Conservative. Solicitor.

From 1930–1950 he sat as a Conservative on Leeds City Council. He served in the Royal Artillery during World War II and was twice mentioned in despatches; in 1940 for his distinguished services at Dunkirk and in 1945 for ‘services in North West Europe’. His interest in politics still continued and in 1943 he was considered as the prospective candidate for Leeds South. He perhaps anticipated the changing mood of the nation when he suggested in March that year that the Conservative Party should consider renaming it the Progressive or Constitutional Party. In February 1950 he was successfully elected for the newly established seat of Leeds North West and in the 1959 election his 35,210 votes was the largest number cast for a single candidate in a Parliamentary election in the city. He was a junior whip for four years, was Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade from April to September 1955 and was vice-chairman of the Conservative Party from 1955–1961. He was also appointed chairman of the Yorkshire Provincial Area of the Conservative Party in 1961. In 1960 he was made Baronet Kaberry, of Adel cum Eccup, and from 1983 Baron Kaberry of Adel in the City of Leeds. He was seriously injured in the Carlton Club in June 1990 when an IRA bomb exploded and he died form his injuries less than a year later. For further reading see Who Was Who (Oxford, 2008).