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Walter Stowe Bright McLaren (17 April 1853 – 29 June 1912)[1] was a British Liberal Party politician who was Member of Parliament (MP) for the Crewe division of Cheshire for a total of 11 years between 1886 and 1912.

He was the youngest child of the Liberal MP Duncan McLaren (1800–1886) and his third wife Priscilla Bright, a sister of the Radical MP John Bright. Two of his bothers, Charles McLaren, 1st Baron Aberconway and John also became Liberal Members of Parliament. Walter Mclaren was married in April 1883 to Eva Muller, who died on 16 August 1921.[2]

McLaren first stood for election to the House of Commons at the 1885 general election, when he stood as an "independent liberal" candidate for the Inverness district of Burghs, in Scotland. He had been nominated by the Free Church Constitutional Party, and polled strongly against the official Liberal Party candidate, taking 47.5% of the votes.[3]

At the 1886 general election he was elected in Crewe, where the sitting Liberal MP George Latham had not sought re-election. McLaren was re-elected in 1892, but lost his seat at the 1895 general election.He did not stand in 1900, when the seat was regained for the Liberals by James Tomkinson, but when Tomkinson died shortly after being re-elected at the January 1910 election, McLaren was the successful Liberal candidate in the resulting by-election. He held the seat until his own death in 1912.[3]


  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "C" (part 6)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  2. ^ "Walter Stowe Bright McLaren". Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  3. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 231, 512. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George William Latham
Member of Parliament for Crewe
Succeeded by
Robert Ward
Preceded by
James Tomkinson
Member of Parliament for Crewe
April 1910 – 1912
Succeeded by
Ernest Craig


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