Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden

Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden, PC (/ˈsndən/; 18 July 1864 – 15 May 1937) was a British politician. A strong speaker, he became popular in trade union circles for his denunciation of capitalism as unethical and his promise of a socialist utopia. He was the first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, a position he held in 1924 and again between 1929 and 1931. He broke with Labour policy in 1931, and was expelled from the party and excoriated as a turncoat, as the party was overwhelmingly crushed that year by the National Government coalition that Snowden supported. He was succeeded as Chancellor by Neville Chamberlain.


The Viscount Snowden

Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
7 June 1929  5 November 1931
Prime MinisterRamsay MacDonald
Preceded byWinston Churchill
Succeeded byNeville Chamberlain
In office
22 January 1924  3 November 1924
Prime MinisterRamsay MacDonald
Preceded byNeville Chamberlain
Succeeded byWinston Churchill
Member of Parliament
for Colne Valley
In office
15 November 1922  27 October 1931
Preceded byFrederick Mallalieu
Succeeded byLance Mallalieu
Personal details
Born18 July 1864
Cowling, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died15 May 1937(1937-05-15) (aged 72)
Tilford, Surrey, England
Political partyLabour Party (c.1894–1931)
National Labour (1931–1932)
None (1932–1937)
Spouse(s)
(m. 1905)