Elected for Thirsk in 1851 on a platform of 'Protectionist, Protestant, and moderate Conservative principles’. He remained as MP until 1880.
His Protestant sympathies meant that he opposed the removal of Jewish disabilities, 1853, the Maynooth grant, 1857, the abolition of church rates, 1862, and opposed Gladstone's Irish policies on the Irish church in 1869. He was also opposed to radical Parliamentary Reform, supporting the Conservative Derby ministry’s Reform Bill in 1859 but also supporting Robert Lowe's unsuccessful attempt in 1867 to improve minority representation. His major, sustained, interest was in metropolitan improvement.
See the entry (forthcoming) by Katherine Rix in the History of Parliament, 1832-1868.
Elections / Constituences
1851 - 1880