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Monday, 24 December 2012

The generous tale of Christmas Williams


If you were called Christmas Williams, you might well want to be known as Chris. This was indeed the case with Christmas Price Williams, Liberal MP for Wrexham from 1924 until his defeat in the 1929 election.
 
Christmas nearly returned early to parliament in October 1931, for Montgomeryshire, when Clement Davies, who had been elected for the seat in 1929 was told that he would not be allowed to stand for re-election and to continue with his lucrative new day job as Managing Director of Unilever. Williams was selected as Davies’s successor, but at the last minute Unilever relented and agreed that Clement Davies could stand again for parliament and keep his job.

Chris Williams very generously bowed out of the race, giving Clement Davies the opportunity to remain in parliament. Davies at that stage supported the National Government and was returned unopposed as the MP for Montgomeryshire in the 1931 election, as indeed he was again in 1935.

Chris Williams did not reappear in parliament, but he is perhaps remembered more often than he would have been (especially at this time of year) if Chris had been short for Christopher.

And no prizes for guessing Christmas Williams’s birthday!

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