October 28th Viscountess (Hilda) Runciman (Death)

London – born Viscountess (Hilda) Runciman (1869 – 1956) was a Liberal politician who served as Member of Parliament for St. Ives for one year only (1928) before standing in Tavistock in 1929, leaving St. Ives for her husband, Walter Runciman, to stand in her place. 

Walter was successful, defeating the Unionist candidate by 1,032 votes and the Labour candidate, William Arnold-Foster (October 8th), by 7,523 votes.  Runciman represented St. Ives until raised to the peerage in 1937

Cambridge educated (Girton College), she married Runciman in 1898 and served on many national bodies including the Women's National Liberal Federation, Women's Free Church Council, the Westminster Housing Association and Westminster Housing Trust and was a member of the League of Nations Union.

A strong supporter of Asquith she supported the maintenance of independent Liberalism and an end to the Lloyd George coalition of the First World War.
In 1937, her husband became Viscount Runciman of Doxford.

Viscountess (Hilda) Runciman died of heart failure on this day in 1956, aged 87.




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