Hastings Lees-Smith

Hastings Bertrand Lees-Smith was born in 1878 into an army family based in British India was a British Liberal turned Labour politician who was briefly in the Cabinet as President of the Board of Education in 1931 and was chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party from 1940.

Hastings studied at the Royal Military Academy and The Queen’s College, Oxford and went on to lecture in Public Administration at LSE. He became the Chairman of the Executive Committee at Ruskin from 1907 – 1909, being Chief Adviser on Studies, and served as Vice-Principal for a time, teaching Economics. It is said that he disagreed with the politics of Dennis Hird and that he upset socialist students because of his Liberal Party views and free-market support.

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