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George Richard Lane-Fox

George Richard Lane-Fox, 1st Baron Bingley, PC (15 December, 1870 — 11 December, 1947) was a British Unionist (Conservative) politician.

Lane-Fox was educated at Eton College and at New College, Oxford. He became a barrister, called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1895. He married the Hon. Mary Wood in 1903, with whom he had four daughters (including Mary, who married Robert Bridgeman, 2nd Viscount Bridgeman). He served with the Yorkshire Hussars Yeomanry in World War I, was mentioned in despatches and rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

In the 1906 general election which produced a Liberal landslide, Barkston Ash was one of the few constituencies that went the other way; Lane-Fox for the Conservatives defeated the Liberal incumbent Joseph Andrews who had defeated him in a by-election the previous year. He went on to represent the constituency until 1931. He served in government as Secretary for Mines from 1922-1924 and from December 1924 (after the fall of the first Labour Government) until 1928. He became a Privy Counsellor after 1926 and was a member of the Indian Statutory Commission.

He was elevated to the peerage on 24 July 1933 as the first Baron Bingley but having no male heir, the barony became extinct on his death in 1947.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joseph Andrews
Member of Parliament for Barkston Ash
Succeeded by
Sir Leonard Ropner
Military offices
Preceded by
The Lord Bolton
Honorary Colonel of the Yorkshire Hussars
Succeeded by
Thomas Preston
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Bingley


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