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David Hardie (ca. 1860 – 8 April 1939) was a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom.

A younger brother of Keir Hardie, David Hardie had served in local politics for many years.

In 1931, aged about 70, he was selected to defend the Labour seat of Glasgow Rutherglen in a by-election, caused by the death of the sitting member William Wright. At the election in May 1931, Hardie narrowly held the seat by 883 votes, in a straight fight with the Conservative candidate, Herbert James Moss. He thus became one of the oldest people ever to embark on a parliamentary career.

Five months later, at the 1931 General Election, Hardie was swept aside in the landslide defeat, losing by over 5,000 votes to Moss. He never returned to Parliament and thus became one of the shortest-serving MPs of the 20th Century.

See also


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Wright
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Rutherglen
May 1931 – 1931
Succeeded by
Herbert James Moss


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