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M. Philips Price

Morgan Philips Price 29 January 1885 – 23 September 1973 was a British politician and a Labour Party Member of Parliament MP

He was born in Gloucester His father, William Edwin Price, was also a British MP, serving for the seat of Tewkesbury M Philips Price was schooled at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge When his father died in 1886, Price - then one year old - inherited an estate of some 2,000 acres 81 km2


  • 1 Journalistic career
  • 2 Parliament
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Journalistic career

His political life began as a member of the Liberal Party, and he was selected as a prospective party candidate for Gloucester 1911–14 However, he took an anti-war stance at the outbreak of the First World War joining the anti-war Union of Democratic Control at its inception In 1914, he also published "The Diplomatic History of the War"

He was then recruited by CP Scott of the Manchester Guardian, and became a war correspondent for the Eastern Front As a Russian speaker, he was subsequently able to observe and report on the Russian Revolution In 1921, he returned to Britain and published "My Reminiscences of the Russian Revolution" which showed sympathy to the government of Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks

Price was later employed by the Daily Herald as a correspondent in Germany from 1919–23


After the First World War, Price joined the Labour Party, and became its candidate for the Gloucester seat He fought the seat at the general elections in 1922, 1923 and 1924 but was never successful At the 1929 general election, he was finally elected to parliament for the Whitehaven constituency He joined Ramsay MacDonald's government when appointed as Private Secretary to Charles Trevelyan, president of the Board of Education

At the 1931 general election Price lost his seat However, he returned to Parliament in 1935, as member for the Forest of Dean which he served until the constituency was abolished in boundary changes for the 1950 general election He was elected instead for the new West Gloucestershire constituency, and held that seat until he retired from the House of Commons at the 1959 general election

In 1969, Morgan Philips Price published his memoirs, My Three Revolutions He died on 23 September 1973, aged 88

See also

  • Dzungarian Gate


  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "W" part 3" Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages Retrieved 2009-04-21 
  2. ^ a b c d Craig, F W S 1983 British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 3rd ed Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services pp 137, 317, 360 ISBN 0-900178-06-X 
  3. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "G" part 1" Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages Retrieved 2009-04-21 

External links

  • Morgan Philips Price Archive at marxistsorg
  • Biography on Spartacus Educational
  • "Archival material relating to M Philips Price" UK National Archives 
  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Morgan Price
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Hudson
Member of Parliament for Whitehaven
1929 – 1931
Succeeded by
William Nunn
Preceded by
John Worthington
Member of Parliament for Forest of Dean
1935 – 1950
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for West Gloucestershire
1950 – 1959
Succeeded by
Charles Loughlin

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