Charles Waterhouse (British politician)

Charles Waterhouse MC (1 July 1893 2 March 1975) was a British Conservative Party politician.


Born in Salford, the second surviving son of Thomas Crompton Waterhouse, of Lomberdale Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire, he was educated at Cheltenham and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, graduating with an MA degree in Economics in 1914.

Waterhouse served in World War I in France with the 1st Life Guards. In 1917 he married Beryl Ford, and the couple had two sons and one daughter.

He was unsuccessful parliamentary candidate in Derbyshire North-East at the 1922 General Election and 1923 General Election. He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Leicester South at the 1924 General Election, holding the seat until his defeat in 1945 General Election. He was re-elected for Leicester South-East in 1950, holding that seat until 1957.

Waterhouse held office as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the President of the Board of Trade in 1928; and to the Minister of Labour from 1931-1934. He progressed through the Whip's office, holding posts as an Assistant Whip in 1935-1936, a Junior Lord of the Treasury in 1936, Comptroller of the Household in 1937-1939 and Treasurer of the Household in 1939. He then held office as Assistant Postmaster-General from 1939–1941, Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade from 1941-1945.

He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1944. He was a Deputy Lieutenant[1] and Justice of the Peace for Derbyshire. He died in Sheffield aged 82.


  1. Charles Waterhouse,, accessed September 2009


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ronald Wilberforce Allen
Member of Parliament for Leicester South
Succeeded by
Herbert Bowden
Preceded by
New constituency
Member of Parliament for Leicester South East
Succeeded by
John Peel
Political offices
Preceded by
George Davies
Comptroller of the Household
Succeeded by
Charles Kerr
Preceded by
Arthur Hope
Treasurer of the Household
Succeeded by
Robert Grimston
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