Houfton, Sir John Plowright
1857-1929

Wesleyan colliery owner and politician, born in Mansfield, Notts on 13 December 1857 and for a time society steward at Brunswick WM Church, Garforth, near Leeds. In May 1914 he stood unsuccessfully as Liberal candidate for Derbyshire North East, and in 1922 was elected as a Coalition Unionist in a bi-election at Nottingham East, retaining the seat only until defeated by Norman Birkett in the following year. Following the General Strike of 1926 he successfully negotiated a separate deal with the Nottingham and Debyshire Miners, but was critcized for doing so without the support of the Miners Federation of Great Britain. He was knighted in the King’s Birthday Honours in 1929, but died on 18 November later that year.

Sources
  • Times, 19 June, 29 June and 30 June 1922