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Riley, Benlocked

Born Halifax, 1866; s of Samuel Riley, stonemason; m Lucy Rushworth, Halifax; one s; died 6 Jan. 1946

MP (Lab) for Dewsbury, Nov. 1922–23, 1924–31, and 1935–45


Public Elementary Schools


Apprenticed to the trade of bookbinding; worked as journeyman in Bath, Brighton, and London; employed by Land Restoration League as lecturer on the Land Question among agricultural labourers in Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, and other counties, 1892–96; commenced business as Library Bookbinder at Huddersfield, 1896; Labour Member to School Board, 1896; Labour Member Huddersfield Town Council, 1904; served for thirteen years on School Board and Education Committee, and seven years as a member of Town Council; contested Dewsbury as Labour candidate, 1918; one of the original members of the Independent Labour Party, and member of National Council of ILP; PPS to Lord Noel Buxton, 1929–30; has travelled extensively in the Balkans; visited Russia in 1935 and 1936, and described conditions in a series of articles to Yorkshire newspapers; made a tour of the West Indies in Feb. and March 1939, afterwards writing a series of articles on impressions


numerous articles in the Labour Leader and other Labour publications


28 Westfield Avenue, Huddersfield