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John Pybus

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Sir John Pybus
Minister of Transport
In office
3 September 1931 – 22 February 1933
Prime MinisterRamsay MacDonald
Preceded byHerbert Morrison
Succeeded byOliver Stanley
Member of Parliament
for Harwich
In office
30 May 1929 – 23 October 1935
Preceded bySir Frederick Gill Rice
Succeeded byStanley Holmes
Personal details
Born25 January 1880
Died23 October 1935(1935-10-23) (aged 55)
Political partyNational Liberal
Other political

Sir Percy John Pybus, 1st Baronet, CBE (25 January 1880 – 23 October 1935) was a British Liberal Party politician.

Business career[edit]

Having completed an engineering apprenticeship John Pybus joined electrical engineers Phoenix Dynamo Manufacturing Company when aged 26. During World War I he was appointed managing director. Phoenix became a major constituent of the amalgamation of businesses named English Electric in 1918 and Pybus became a joint managing director with two others. He was appointed managing director of English Electric in March 1921[1] and chairman in April 1926.[2] He was a member of many boards of directors including The Times newspaper and chairman of others including Phoenix Assurance.[3]

In October 1928 he was selected as Liberal candidate for the Harwich Division.[4] He remained a director of English Electric.


Pybus was first elected at the May 1929 general election, as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Harwich in Essex.[3]

In 1931, when Labour Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald split the party and formed a National Government. Pybus was one of the Liberal MPs to receive a ministerial post but then left to help form the breakaway Liberal National Party. Re-elected in Harwich at the 1931 general election as a Liberal National, Pybus served as Minister of Transport from 1931 until 1933.


Created a Commander of the British Empire in 1917 he was made a baronet, of Harwich in the County of Essex, in January 1934, and died on 23 October 1935, just weeks before the 1935 general election. His title became extinct on his death.[3]


  1. ^ City News in Brief, The Times, Friday, 11 Mar 1921; pg. 17; Issue 42666
  2. ^ English Electric Company. The Times, Thursday, 22 Apr 1926; pg. 21; Issue 44252
  3. ^ a b c Sir John Pybus, M.P. The Times, Thursday, 24 Oct 1935; pg. 16; Issue 47203
  4. ^ Ashton By-Election. The Times, Monday, 22 Oct 1928; pg. 9; Issue 45030

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Preceded by Member of Parliament for Harwich
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