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Sir John Hope Simpson

Sir John Hope Simpson (23 July 1868 – 10 April 1961) was a British Liberal politician who served as a Member of Parliament (MP) and later in the Government of Newfoundland.

Born in Liverpool, Simpson held numerous governmental posts before his retirement in 1916, having been acting chief commander of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

He was elected at the 1922 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for the previously Conservative-held constituency of Taunton in Somerset. He was re-elected in 1923, but was defeated at the 1924 general election. He did not stand for Parliament again. He authored the Hope Simpson Report in 1930, following the widespread 1929 Palestine riots. He is known for his work on the question of refugees.

Coming out of retirement at 66 years of age, Sir John Hope Simpson became the Commissioner of Natural Resources and Acting-Commissioner of Justice 1934 - 36 for The Commission of Government of Newfoundland from 1934 until 1936. Port Hope Simpson, Newfoundland and Labrador was named after him in response to the backing he had given to John Osborn Williams the owner of the Labrador Development Company Limited who set-up a loggers' camp in Alexis Bay for cutting and exporting pitwood to Cardiff for the collieries of South Wales. [1]

Simpson also established the Newfoundland Rangers a welfare and police force, meant to link the people of Newfoundland and Labrador with The Commission of Government in St. John's.

In 1937 Sir John received the Knights Commander of the British Empire medal not so very long after his return from Newfoundland.

See also


  • John Hope Simpson, Institute of International Affairs, 1938
  • John Hope Simpson, , Institute of International Affairs, October 1939


  • Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005:
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Griffith-Boscawen
Member of Parliament for Taunton
Succeeded by
Andrew Hamilton Gault

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