Sebastian Lewis' Letter to Kidderminster Shuttle
I am writing to you about the District of Wyre Forest’s lack of recognition concerning Stanley Baldwin, the three times Conservative Prime Minister from Bewdley, a parish town in the Wyre Forest, Worcestershire.
It would seem that Stanley Baldwin is in his own right a notable person of whom the town of Bewdley and the in fact the district of the Wyre Forest should be proud in acknowledging.
Perhaps a statue of Stanley Baldwin would be a good incentive to celebrate our local citizen, who through hard work, rose to the highest office in the land?
It may also be worth noting that his father Alfred Baldwin, of neighbouring town Stourport, was also a Conservative MP for Bewdley before being succeeded by his son.
Stanley Baldwin is also recognised as the only Prime Minister to have served as Prime Minister three times under three different British sovereigns.
In addition to serving as Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin held many other offices during his political career including President of the Board of Trade from 1921 to 1922, Chancellor of the Exchequer between 1922 and 1923, Leader of the Opposition between 1924 and 1929, Lord President of the Council from 1931 to 1935, and Leader of the Conservative Party between 1923 and 1937.
Stanley Baldwin wasn’t only particularly successful in working in various positions of high office, but was also lucky when it came to statistics. At the 1931 General Election, Baldwin led the Conservative party and had the biggest overall majority ever with 470 seats.
Stanley Baldwin’s endeavours as a Parliamentary MP for Bewdley are truly astounding; he gave much through his time, as well as from the depths of his own pocket to support the needs of his constituents, acting as a real friend to the people who voted for him, and in actual fact for those who didn’t.
As far as I’m concerned, Stanley Baldwin is a local hero who should at long last, after years of neglect, be formally recognised in his birthplace of Bewdley.