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(Edward) Hilton Young, 1st Baron Kennet (1879-1960), Journalist, naval officer and Liberal politician; MP for Norwich
Sitter in 13 portraits
Edward Hilton Young started his career as assistant editor of The Economist before becoming City editor of the Morning Post and London correspondent of the New York Times financial supplement. Hilton Young entered Parliament as a Liberal MP in 1915 and became Financial Secretary to the Treasury in 1921. After the election of 1922, he became Chief Whip of the Lloyd George Liberals and was sworn of the Privy Council. In 1926, he left the Liberal party, over a disagreement on land policy, and joined the Conservatives, serving as Minister for Export Credits and then as Minister of Health. In 1935, Hilton Young accepted a peerage as Lord Kennet of the Dene and took no further part in politics.