George Sclater-Booth, 1st Baron Basing

George Sclater-Booth, 1st Baron Basing

George Limbrey Sclater-Booth, 1st Baron Basing DL (19 May 1826 – 22 October 1894), known as George Sclater-Booth before 7 July 1887, was a British Conservative politician. He was elected as a MP in 1857 for North Hampshire, which constituency he would represent until 1885, when the constituency was divided. He was then returned for Basingstoke, one of the new divisions of the his old constituency, for which he sat until being made a peer in 1887.

His first position in government was that of Parliamentary Secretary to the Poor Law Board in Lord Derby's third and final ministry, replacing Ralph Anstruther Earle (formerly Disraeli's private secretary), who had resigned over the Reform Bill of 1867. He later held the minor post of Financial Secretary to the Treasury in Benjamin Disraeli's short-lived 1868 government. When the Conservatives returned to power in 1874 he was made President of the Local Government Board, which post he held until the fall of the government in 1880. He was created Baron Basing in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1887.

His brother was the naturalist Philip Lutley Sclater.



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