Obituary: Arthur Tiley

Arthur Tiley, businessman and politician: born Bradford 17 January 1910; Treasurer, Young Women's Christian Association, Bradford 1934-50; Senior Company Officer, National Fire Service 1939-45; MP (Conservative and National Liberal) Bradford West 1955-66; Opposition spokesman on Pensions and National Insurance 1964-66; CBE 1972; married 1936 Mary Tankard (one son, one daughter); died 5 June 1994.

THE NATIONAL government of 1931 was formed by an alliance between the Conservatives, some Labour Party members and some Liberals. The National Liberals came into existence at this time, and subsequently allied themselves with the Conservative Party, and when Arthur Tiley entered the House of Commons in 1955, it was as a National Liberal serving under a Conservative government. He was one of the few remaining of this breed of politicians who felt that Britain's interests were best served by such an agreement. Tiley served the alliance loyally until his defeat in the General Election of 1966, by which time there remained only six National Liberals, and the term was dropped. He never considered himself to be a Conservative but a Liberal, in agreement with the Conservative Party.

Tiley's allegiance to Liberalism is probably the reason he never held the government office he deserved. The Conservative Party is given to swallowing up its allies.

But there is something considerable that Tiley left behind him. Born into a moderately prosperous home in Bradford he started, after school, in the insurance business. He stood for the Bradford Central constituency in 1951, but only succeeded in winning a seat, in Bradford West, in 1955. Once in Parliament he made it clear that he would give his support to what was then called National Insurance.

He also believed that Members of Parliament should have pensions, and that their widows should likewise benefit. He was not selfish for parliamentarians: his view of just pensions provision extended to the whole community. He was made Opposition spokesman on Pensions and National Insurance in 1964.

When Tiley lost his seat in 1966, he went back to the insurance business, but involved himself, also, in the many charities which he had helped. He was a devout Christian and churchgoer, and it is not too much to say that he would like to be remembered not as a politician, but as a religious man.

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Compensation and Benefits Manager - Brentwood - Circa £60,000

£60000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Compensation and Benefits Manager - Compensat...

Finance Manager - Recruitment Business (Media & Entertainment)

£28000 - £35000 per annum + negotiable: Sauce Recruitment: We have an exciting...

HR Advisor - North London / North West London

£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Advisor - North London...

Finance Manager - Recruitment Business (Media & Entertainment)

£28000 - £32000 per annum + negotiable: Sauce Recruitment: We have an exciting...

Day In a Page

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes