UK 5 August 2014 The Returning Officer: Accrington Returning Officer Print HTML The Territorial Army (TA) was founded as a result of the Territorial and Reserve Forces Act 1907, the work of the then war minister, Lord Haldane. He wrote the introduction to The Territorial Force: a Manual of Its Law, Organisation and Administration by Harold Baker in 1909. The next year, Baker was elected as the Liberal MP for Accrington and became Haldane’s PPS. He lost the seat to the Coalition Conservative Ernest Gray, a TA major, in 1918. In 1931, the Tory Major H A Procter won the seat. He became the president of the Film Artistes’ Association for extras in 1935, saying that “useful work was to be done in maintaining the wage standard of lower-salaried film artists”. › Could cricketer Moeen Ali be the saviour of multiculturalism in Britain? Subscribe This article first appeared in the 23 July 2014 issue of the New Statesman, Summer Double 2014 More Related articles Tony Blair might be a toxic figure - but his influence endures PMQs review: George Osborne is improving but Angela Eagle gives Labour MPs cause for cheer North Yorkshire has approved the UK’s first fracking tests in five years. What does this mean?