J. Batty Langley
|J. Batty Langley|
|Member of Parliament for Sheffield Attercliffe|
|Preceded by||Bernard Coleridge|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Pointer|
|President of the General Union of Railway Clerks|
|Preceded by||New position|
|Succeeded by||W. D. Leaver|
|Born||20 March 1834|
|Died||February 1914 (aged 79–80)|
|Political party||Liberal Party|
Born in Uppingham, Langley became a wealthy timber merchant in Sheffield, and one of the city's most prominent non-conformists. He was elected to Sheffield Town Council, serving many years and becoming an alderman.
In 1892, Langley became Mayor of Sheffield, and saw an eventful year in office. Sheffield became a city, while Langley organised a conference in the city, aiming to settle the 1893 UK coal strike. Claiming to represent the interests of the working class, he was elected as the Member of Parliament at the Sheffield Attercliffe by-election, 1894. As an employer, he was a controversial choice, and the Independent Labour Party stood a candidate against him.
Langley became the first President of the General Union of Railway Clerks in 1897, although he resigned due to ill health the following year. He retained his Parliamentary seat until he retired in 1909.
- Michael Stenton and Stephen Lees, Who's Who of British MPs: Volume II, 1886-1918
- Single or Return - the official history of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by J. Batty Langley
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Sheffield Attercliffe
|President of the General Union of Railway Clerks
W. D. Leaver