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Charles Wallwyn Radcliffe Cooke (1841 – 26 May 1911) was a farmer and cider producer and a Conservative politician.

Cooke was the son of Robert Duffield Cooke of Hellens, Herefordshire. He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge,[1] becoming "Le Bas" Prizeman in 1864, and "Burney" Prizeman in 1866 and 1867 for English Essays. In 1869 he co-wrote with Angelina Gushington Thoughts on Men and Things: A Series of Essays. In 1872, he was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn, but showed a greater interest in farming in Herefordshire. He was President of Herefordshire Chamber of Agriculture, and Chairman of the Ledbury Highway Board. He wrote pamphlets on political and other questions and authored works on the Agricultural Holdings Act of 1875.[2] His particular interest was cider growing and he saw commercial production of cider as a way of stimulating cultivation of orchards during the period of agricultural depression.[3] He was J.P. for Herefordshire.

In 1885 Cooke was elected Member of Parliament for Newington West but lost the seat in 1892. In 1893 he was elected MP for Hereford and became known as the MP for Cider. He retired in 1900. His book Four Years in Parliament With Hard Labour was republished in 2008.[4]

Cooke lived at Helens, Herefordshire and died at the age of 69

Cooke married Frances Panther Broome in 1876.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Newington West
18851892
Succeeded by
Cecil Norton
Preceded by
William Grenfell
Member of Parliament for Hereford
1893 – 1900
Succeeded by
John Stanhope Arkwright
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