Alfred Hazel

Alfred Hazel

Alfred Ernest William Hazel CBE LLD KC MP (20 February 1869 20 August 1944) was a British Liberal Party Member of Parliament (MP) and legal academic at the University of Oxford.[1]


He was educated at West Bromwich Wesleyan School and King Edward's School, Birmingham before going to study Classics and Law at Jesus College, Oxford.[2] He graduated with first-class honours and won the Eldon Law Scholarship.[2] He was called to the bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1898, and was appointed to a Fellowship in Law at Jesus College in the same year.[2]


He was MP for West Bromwich between 1906 (when the Liberal Party won a large majority) and January 1910 (when the Liberal Party lost 125 seats, including West Bromwich).[2]

General Election 1906: West Bromwich[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Alfred Ernest William Hazel 5,475 56.2 n/a
Conservative Viscount Lewisham 4,259 43.8 n/a
Majority 1,216 12.4 n/a
Turnout 90.8 n/a
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing n/a
General Election January 1910: West Bromwich[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Viscount Lewisham 5,672 53.5
Liberal Alfred Ernest William Hazel 4,937 46.5
Majority 735 7.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election December 1910: West Bromwich[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Viscount Lewisham 5,010 50.0
Liberal Alfred Ernest William Hazel 5,008 50.0
Majority 2 0.0
Turnout 88.7
Conservative hold Swing

He was re-selected as prospective Liberal candidate for West Bromwich and was to fight a general election expected in 1914/15 which was postponed due to the outbreak of war.[6] When the election eventually took place in 1918, the partners in the Coalition Government decided to endorse his Unionist opponent so he withdrew from the contest. He did not stand for parliament again.[7]

Career outside politics

He was Reader in Constitutional Law at the Inns of Court from 1910 to 1926.[2] In 1915, he also became University Lecturer on Criminal Law and the Law of Evidence at Oxford, a position he held until 1922, when he was appointed All Souls Reader in English Law (until 1933).[2]

Between 1915 and 1919, he was Deputy Controller in the Priority Department of the Ministry of Munitions.[2] He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1918 New Year Honours for his efforts during the First World War.[8] In 1925, he was appointed Principal of Jesus College, and in 1930 he was appointed to the King's Counsel.[2] He was also Recorder of Burton-on-Trent between 1912 and 1938.[2] Some accommodation for students at Jesus College is now named after Hazel.[9]

Personal Life

In 1919, he married Ethel Percival, with whom he had one son. He died in Oxford in 1944.[1]


  1. 1 2 "Obituary: Dr. A. E. W. Hazel". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 21 August 1944. p. 6.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "HAZEL, Alfred Ernest William (d. 1944)". Who Was Who (subscription access). A&C Black (Publishers) Ltd. January 2007. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved 2007-07-25.
  3. British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  4. British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  5. British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  6. Evening Despatch 16 Feb 1914
  7. British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949 (Craig)
  8. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30460. p. 370. 7 January 1918.
  9. "Addresses of Jesus College Properties". Jesus College, Oxford. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-25.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir James Ernest Spencer
Member of Parliament for West Bromwich
Succeeded by
Viscount Lewisham

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