William Craven-Ellis

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William Craven Ellis in 1928

William Craven Craven-Ellis (1880 – 17 December 1959), born William Craven Ellis, was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Ellis was educated at Manchester Grammar School, and became a senior partner of Ellis & Sons, Valuers and Surveyors. He assumed the name Craven-Ellis by deed poll in 1931.[1]

In the 1929 general election, he unsuccessfully contested the safe Labour-held seat of Barnsley, where he came third with only 15% of the votes. In the 1931 general election, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Southampton, and held the seat until his defeat in the 1945 general election. In the House of Commons, he was chair of the Parliamentary Monetary Committee from 1934 to 1944.



  • Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ralph Morley and
Tommy Lewis
Member of Parliament for Southampton
With: Sir Charles Barrie, to 1940
Sir John Reith
Russell Thomas, 1940–1945
Succeeded by
Ralph Morley and
Tommy Lewis