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Longest Serving Members Of UK Parliament – 2001

The following list shows all people who have been Members of Parliament in the 20th century and have served in Parliament for more than 40 years.

In reckoning the time the date of leaving Parliament has been assumed to be the polling day of the general election at which they retired, rather than the date of dissolution of their last Parliament. If a year is listed without a date, then this is a reference to the general election of that year.

There are four current Members on the list (Sir Edward Heath, Tony Benn, John Morris and Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith) and their length of service is correct as of 14th January 2001.

Member Length Parties Constituencies
Rt. Hon. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill 61 years, 332 days C, L, Const, C Oldham 1900-1906; Manchester, North-West 1906-12th April 1908; Dundee 8th May 1908-1922; Essex, Epping 1924-1945; Woodford 1945-1964
Rt. Hon. David Lloyd George 54 years, 308 days L, Co L, NL, L Caernarvon District 10th April 1890-12th February 1945
Rt. Hon. Sir Edward Richard George Heath 50 years, 326 days† C Bexley 1950-1974(F); Bexley, Sidcup 1974(F)-1983; Bexley, Old Bexley and Sidcup 1983-
Thomas Power O’Connor 49 years, 215 days N Galway Borough 1880-1885; Liverpool, Scotland 1885-18th November 1929
Rt. Hon. George Lambert 48 years, 348 days L, Co L, L, NL Devon, South Molton 13th November 1891-1924 and 1929-1945
Rt. Hon. Arthur James Balfour 48 years, 45 days C Hertford Borough 1874-1885; Manchester, East 1885-1906; City of London 27th February 1906-5th May 1922
Herbert John Harvey Parker 47 years, 180 days Lab Essex, Romford 1935-1945; Dagenham 1945-1974(F); Barking and Dagenham, Dagenham 1974(F)-1983
Rt. Hon. Earl Winterton (Edward Turnour) 46 years, 327 days C Sussex, Horsham 12th November 1904-1918; Sussex (West), Horsham and Worthing 1918-1945; Sussex (West), Horsham 1945-1951
George Russell Strauss 46 years, 295 days Lab, Ind Lab, Lab Lambeth, North 1929-1931 and 23rd October 1934-1945; Lambeth, Vauxhall 1945-1979
Rt. Hon. Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn 46 years, 207 days† Lab Bristol, South-East 30th November 1950-17th November 1960; 4th May 1961 (returned while ineligible) and 20th August 1963-1983; Chesterfield 1st March 1984-
Rt. Hon. John Gretton 46 years, 153 days C Derbyshire, Southern 1895-1906 and 11th June 1907-1918; Staffordshire, Burton 1918-19th May 1943
Rt. Hon. Henry Chaplin 46 years, 88 days C Lincolnshire, Mid 1868-1885; Lincolnshire, Sleaford 1885-1906; Surrey, Wimbledon 14th May 1907-20th June 1916
Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain 44 years, 335 days LU, C Worcestershire, Eastern 30th March 1892-30th June 1914; Birmingham, West 14th July 1914-16th March 1937
Rt. Hon. Thomas Burt 44 years, 281 days L/Lab Morpeth 1874-1918
Rt. Hon. Sir Robin Hugh Turton 44 years, 254 days C Yorkshire (North Riding), Thirsk and Malton 1929-1974(F)
Rt. Hon. William Wither Bramston Beach 44 years, 116 days C Hampshire, Northern 1857-1885; Hampshire, Andover 1885-3rd August 1901
Rt. Hon. Sir Bernard Richard Braine 42 years, 21 days C Essex, Billericay 1950-1955; Essex, South-East 1955-1983; Castle Point 1983-1992
Rt. Hon. Sir Leonard James Callaghan 41 years, 296 days Lab Cardiff, South 1945-1950; Cardiff, South East 1950-1987
Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Edward Hicks Beach, Bt. 41 years, 180 days C Gloucestershire, Eastern 12th July 1864-1885; Bristol, West 1885-1906
Rt. Hon. Sir William Hart Dyke, Bt. 41 years, 170 days C Kent, Western 1865-1868; Kent, Mid 1868-1885; Kent, Dartford 1885-1906
Rt. Hon. Sir John Morris 41 years, 98 days† Lab Glamorganshire, Aberavon 1959-1983; West Glamorgan, Aberavon 1983-
Rt. Hon. John Gilbert Talbot 41 years, 53 days C Kent, Western 1868-30th April 1878; Oxford University 17th May 1878-1910(J)
Rt. Hon. Michael Mackintosh Foot 41 years, 38 days Lab, Ind Lab, Lab Plymouth, Devonport 1945-1955; Monmouthshire, Ebbw Vale 17th November 1960-1983; Gwent, Blaenau Gwent 1983-1992
Rt. Hon. Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith 40 years, 352 days† C Holborn and St. Pancras South 1959-1964; Sussex (East), East Grinstead 4th February 1965-1983; East Sussex, Wealden 1983-
Sir Wilfrid Lawson, Bt. 40 years, 224 days L Carlisle 1859-1865 and 1868-1885; Cumberland, Cockermouth 1886-1900; Cornwall, Camborne 8th April 1903-1906; Cumberland, Cockermouth 1906-1st July 1906
Rt. Hon. Walter Hume Long 40 years, 169 days C Wiltshire, Northern 1880-1885; Wiltshire, Devizes 1885-1892; Liverpool, West Derby 10th January 1893-1900; Bristol, South 1900-1906; Dublin County, South 1906-1910(J); Strand 1910(J)-1918; Westminster, St. George’s 1918-4th June 1921
Rt. Hon. Denis Winston Healey 40 years, 37 days Lab Leeds, South-East 7th February 1952-1955; Leeds, East 1955-1992

NOTE: This page came my way back in 2001. Its provenance is unknown. I am happy to provide acknowledgement.

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