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Henry Yorke Stanger

His Hon. Henry Yorke Stanger (11 November 1849-19 April 1929), was a British Liberal Party politician and judge.

He was born in Nottingham, the third son of George Eaton Stanger and Mary Hurst. He was educated at Lincoln College, Oxford (Scholar); Tancred Law Student; 2nd class Classical Moderations; 1st class Greats. He married in 1880, Henrietta Sophia Wastie Green. They had one son and two daughters.[1]

Legal career

He was called to the Bar in 1874. He was a Revising Barrister for Warwickshire in 1892–93–1894. He became a Queens Council in 1895. He became a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 1898. He was formerly a Member of the Midland Circuit. He served as Recorder of Nottingham from 1909–11. He was a County Court Judge, for Circuit 7 from 1910–14 and a County Court Judge for the Bristol Circuit (No. 54) from 1914–22. He retired in 1922. He also served as a Justice of the Peace in Gloucestershire.[2]

Political career

He was a member of the Liberal Party. He first stood for parliament in a by-election in 1900 at the safe Conservative seat of Newark, when he was well beaten by the Conservative. A few months later at the 1900 General Election he switched seats to contest the more marginal Conservative seat of Nottingham South, but again finished second. He was finally elected Liberal MP down in London for Kensington North at the 1906 General election, gaining the seat for the Liberals from the Conservatives.

1906 General Election: Kensington, North[3]


Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Henry Yorke Stanger 4,416 56.8 13.1
Conservative William Ellis Hume-Williams 3,358 43.2 -13.1
Majority 1,058 13.6
Turnout 10,270 75.7
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

He was a strong supporter of Votes for Women and in 1908 he introduced a Private member's bill in favour of Women's Suffrage. The bill made good progress before finally being blocked.[4] He stood down after one term in January 1910.[5] He was an Independent Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Joint Committee under the Coal Mines (Minimum Wage) Act 1912.


Further reading


  1. Who's Who
  2. Who's Who
  3. British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, Craig, F. W. S.
  4. From Liberal to Labour with Women's Suffrage: The Story Of Catherine Marshall by Jo Vellacott
  5. British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, Craig, F. W. S.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Edward Thompson Sharpe
Member of Parliament for Kensington North
1906January 1910
Succeeded by
Alan Hughes Burgoyne