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'''Arthur Wellesley Willey''' (1868 – 2 July 1923)<ref name="obit">{{cite news|title=Death of Mr Arthur Willey|url=|accessdate=23 January 2016|work=Cheltenham Chronicle|date=7 July 1923}} {{subscription required}}</ref> was an English [[solicitor]] and racehorse owner, who was briefly the [[Conservative Party (UK)|Conservative]] [[Member of Parliament]] (MP) for [[Leeds Central (UK Parliament constituency)|Leeds Central]].
Willey was born in [[Leeds]] in 1868 and became one of the most successful solicitors in the [[West Riding of Yorkshire|West Riding]] of [[Yorkshire]]. He married Maud Evelyn Ellicott in 1894. He entered politics, serving on [[Leeds City Council]].
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}}</ref> On the eve of his election he gave a racing tip to an audience at an election meeting, to back his own horse, ''Leeds United'', which was running in a race at [[Leicester]]. The horse duly won, and the bookmakers reputedly paid out £190,000 to the people of Leeds.<ref name="obit"/>
Willey was not very active in [[Parliament of the United Kingdom|Parliament]] owing to his commitments as a solicitor, although he intended to increase his Parliamentary work in the near future, and had taken a particular interest in the Criminal Justice Bill during his first session as an MP. He intended to make his maiden speech during the debate on the bill, but it was delayed.