Edwin Scrymgeour

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Edwin Scrymgeour (28 July 1866 – 1 February 1947), was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Dundee, Scotland. He is the only person ever elected to the House of Commons on a prohibitionist ticket as the candidate of the Scottish Prohibition Party.

A native of Dundee, he was educated at West End Academy. He was a pioneer of the Scottish temperance movement and established his party in November 1901 to further this aim.[citation needed]

He served on Dundee City Council and began contesting elections in the 1908 Dundee by election which saw Winston Churchill first elected for Dundee and continued to fight at every election thereafter, increasing his vote. In part this was because of his popularity, general left-wing sympathies and history with the labour movement. Churchill's stance against suffragettes may have had an impact in a city where many women were breadwinners, while many men were "kettle boilers".[citation needed]

In the 1922 election, Scrymgeour and Labour candidate E. D. Morel jointly ousted Winston Churchill, who had represented the city as a Liberal (at that point Coalition Liberal). Scrymgeour remained an M.P. for Dundee until the 1931 general election when he lost his seat to Florence Horsbrugh.[citation needed]

Out of Parliament Scrymgeour worked as an evangelical Chaplain at East House and Maryfield Hospitals in Dundee. Scrymgeour was a leader of the unsuccessful opponents of disbanding the Scottish Prohibition Party in January 1935.


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