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Blindell, Sir James, MP

PM layman, he was born in Grimsby of poor parents. Starting at 11 as an errand boy, by 19 he was a shop manager. He soon started his own business as a boot factor and in 1924 formed the company, of which he was managing director, with shops throughout Lincolnshire. He founded the Grimsby Flottergate Benevolent Homes, a Methodist enterprise which he personally supervised. After serving as councillor and alderman, in 1929 he entered Parliament as Liberal MP for Holland with Boston, Lincs., but died on 10 May 1937.


  • Times, 11 May 1937
  • Methodist Recorder, 13 & 20 May 1937
  • M. Stenton & S. Lees, Who's Who of British MPs, vol.3 (1979)

Entry written by: WL
Category: Person

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