Leeds MPs

BUTLER Hugh Myddleton (1857–1943) Conservative. Ironmaster and engineer.

He became a partner with his brothers in Kirkstall Forge in 1875. He was made manager of a department in 1884 and in 1892 was appointed works manager. He devoted much of his attention to the manufacture of axles for all kinds of motor vehicles which became a prominent feature of the firm. Early in his life he took part supporting the Church Day Schools and was leader of the Church Party on the Leeds School Board. He became chairman of the North Leeds Conservative Association in 1902 and was particularly active in the party’s role in Leeds. Appointed a JP in the city, he also became an Income Tax Commissioner. He was a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and was an executive member of the Federation of Iron and Steel Manufacturers. He was elected for Leeds North in the 1922 election defeating the Liberal candidate by the substantial majority of 6,541 votes. He did not, however, stand again but continued to take an active part in the direction of his firm until his death. For further reading see Who’s Who (1935)