Soper, Richard John, MP

Vice-President of the Conference in 1946, he was born near Bishop Auckland. He lived for some years in West Hartlepool, then in Barnsley, where he was a member at Pitt Street Church. He served as President of the Barnsley Sunday School Union and of the local YMCA. He was a local preacher and was President of the Local Preachers Mutual Aid Association in 1939.

A timber merchant and a director of Barnsley Football Club, he was elected a Borough Councillor in 1924 and Alderman in 1933, when his wife Laura became a councillor. He was mayor of the borough in 1930. He was also a JP and was made a Freeman of the Borough in 1943. From 1931 to 1935 he was Liberal Nationalist MP for Barnsley, but failed to regain the seat in 1945. He died at Barnsley on 23 January 1954.

  • Methodist Recorder, 18 July 1946