Scotland and Westminster: The Unionism of Walter Elliot (1888–1958)

  • Paul Ward

Abstract

Walter Elliot was the leader of Scottish Conservatism in the 1930s. He was a Lowland Scot, concerned with the affairs of state of the United Kingdom as an imperial power. Within Scotland, he was most concerned with Roxburghshire in the rural Borders where he lived, Lanark where he had business interests, and the Glasgow constituency of Kelvingrove, which he represented as a Member of Parliament for most of his political career. In the United Kingdom, his concerns resided at Westminster, where he was an MP from 1918 to 1957 (with only two brief interludes outside parliament in 1923 to 1924 and 1945 to 1946). He held a variety of government posts. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of Health for Scotland in 1923, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Scotland between 1924 and 1929, and Financial Secretary to the Treasury between 1931 and 1932. In 1932 he was promoted to the cabinet as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. Between 1936 and 1938, still in the cabinet, he returned to the Scottish Office, this time as Secretary of State. In 1938 he was appointed as Minister of Health, a post that he held until the fall of Neville Chamberlain as Prime Minister in May 1940. While he was in Churchill’s shadow cabinet in the late 1940s he was not offered any government post commensurate with his seniority and instead he played the part of backbench elder statesman until his death in 1958.

Keywords

Depression Europe Income Defend Nigeria 

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