Halifax Great War Heritage Society – Charles Phillips Trevelyan

On Thursday 8 February, 7:30pm to 9:30pm at The Old Mill, Hall Street North, Boothtown HX3 6TS,  David Raw (author of the Bradford Pals and biographer of Rev Theodore Bayley Hardy VC DSO MC), will describe the career of Charles Trevelyan, Liberal M.P. for Elland and a junior Education Minister in the Asquith Government.

In particular he will describe the events and consequences of his Ministerial resignation and opposition to the First World War in 1914.

Visitors are most welcome and, if you are coming for the first time, please telephone 01422 647457 to reserve your seat.

A contribution of £2 is requested for refreshments during the evening.

For more information, visit Halifax Great War Heritage Society

Trevelyan was first a Liberal and later a Labour MP. His eventual political achievements were uneven. As member of the landed gentry serving in the Labour Party, he was considered by some to be a walking anachronism. Despite this, his own privileges and gentlemanly pursuits always remained intact. Trevelyan was elected Liberal MP for Elland in a by-election in 1899. He served under H. H. Asquith as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education between 1908 and 1914, when, as an opponent of British entry into the First World War, he resigned from the government. In 1914, also, he founded the Union of Democratic Control an all-party organisation rallying opposition to the war. In the 1918 general election he lost his Elland seat, running as an Independent Labour candidate.

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