George Henry Roberts

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The Right Honourable
George Henry Roberts
Roberts in the mid 1900s
Minister for Labour
In office
1917–1919
Monarch George V
Prime Minister David Lloyd George
Preceded by John Hodge
Succeeded by Robert Horne
Minister of Food Control
In office
1919–1920
Monarch George V
Prime Minister David Lloyd George
Preceded by John Robert Clynes
Succeeded by Charles McCurdy

George Henry Roberts PC (27 July 1868 – 25 April 1928) was a Labour Party politician who switched parties twice.

At the 1906 general election, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Norwich. He was a minister in the Lloyd George Coalition Government as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade from 1916 to 1917, Minister of Labour from 1917 to 1919, and Minister of Food Control from 1919 to 1920. He was appointed as a Privy Counsellor in 1917.

Roberts stood in 1918 as a Coalition Labour candidate, opposed by the official Labour Party candidate. After leaving office in 1920, Roberts returned as a director to the firm he had left as works manager upon entering Parliament in 1906. He sat on the back-benches and as a Lloyd George Liberal retained his seat in the 1922 election but lost it as a Conservative in 1923. Roberts spent the rest of his life in the sugar beet industry.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Samuel Hoare
Louis John Tillett
Member of Parliament for Norwich
19061923
With: Louis John Tillett, to Jan 1910
Frederick Low, 1910–1915
Edward Hilton Young, from 1915
Succeeded by
Dorothy Jewson
Walter Robert Smith
Trade union offices
Preceded by
William Brace and Ben Turner
Trades Union Congress representative to the American Federation of Labour
1911
With: James Crinion
Succeeded by
James Andrew Seddon and Robert Smillie
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ben Turner
Chair of the Labour Party
1912 – 1913
Succeeded by
Tom Fox
Political offices
Preceded by
John Hodge
Minister for Labour
1917–1919
Succeeded by
Robert Horne
Preceded by
John Robert Clynes
Minister of Food Control
1919–1920
Succeeded by
Charles McCurdy