Arthur Willey (solicitor): Difference between revisions

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}}</ref> While campaigning in his election he regularly tipped his audiences to bet on his horse "Leeds United" in an upcoming race; the horse won, at 5-1 odds, the day before the election. The tip was popular, and the ''Yorkshire Evening Post'' estimated that Leeds bookmakers had had to pay out around £20,000 in winnings.<ref>{{cite news|title=Mr A Willey's 'Tip' |url=https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000273/19221115/131/0005|work=Yorkshire Evening Post|date=15 November 1922}} {{subscription required}}</ref>
}}</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]].<ref name="obit"/> The horse duly won, and the bookmakers reputedly paid out £190,000 to the people of Leeds.{{cn}}
 
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.