Articles in The Returning Officer
The constituency of Osgoldcross was created when the Eastern West Riding of Yorkshire seat was broken up in 1885. In 1906, it elected the Liberal Joseph Compton-Rickett.
Herbert Colstoun Gardner was the MP for Saffron Walden (1885-95) and the author of many plays, including A Night on Snowdon and He that Will Not when He May, as well as inventories of the monuments
Winthrop Mackworth Praed paid £1,000 to be elected MP for St Germans (1830-32).
George William Erskine Russell was a Liberal MP for Aylesbury (1880-85) and Biggleswade (1892-95). In 1906, he wrote Social Silhouettes, pen portraits of contemporary “types”.
Cecil Norton (later Lord Rathcreedan) was elected as the first Liberal MP for Newington West in 1892, gaining the seat from the Conservatives.
Charles Walwyn Radclyffe Cooke was Tory MP for Newington from 1885-92.
Evan Cotton was the Liberal MP for Finsbury East for only five months in 1918.
By 1885, the Finsbury seat stretched from the City of London to Highgate. It was split into seven constituencies by the Redistribution of Seats Act.
Christopher Mayhew was educated at Haileybury, where he became the distributor for Giles Romilly’s leftist public-school magazine Out of Bounds.
Rhys Hopkin Morris was the Liberal MP for Cardiganshire (1923-32) and Carmarthen (1945-56), one of just two gains from Labour at the 1945 general election, defeating Moelwyn Hughes, who went on to
Having survived local Liberal moves against him in 1931, Henry Morris-Jones gained the support of local Conservatives and was elected unopposed.
The Denbigh constituency was represented by Liberals of some sort from 1885 to 1959.
James Graham’s play This House (currently at the National Theatre) shows the whittling away of the 1974-79 Labour government’s majority.
Arthur Crosfield was Liberal MP for Warrington (1906-10), his fortune coming from the family soap firm that had been the first to licence Persil in the UK.
Clerical influence was notorious in Irish elections of the 19th century.
Tom Taylor was a popular Victorian playwright as well as the fourth editor of Punch.
John Morgan Cobbett was the son of William Cobbett, author of Rural Rides and a Liberal MP for Oldham (1832-35).
Hansard shows Magna Carta has often been cited in parliamentary debate.
The Plebs’ League was set up in 1908 as a Marxist-influenced group unhappy with the teaching at Ruskin College. It published a magazine, Plebs, and many books.
In May 1874, an election petition was heard concerning the recent election at Launceston, Cornwall.
Philip Dormer Stanhope served as the Whig MP for the constituencies of St Germans (1715-22) and Lostwithiel (1722-24) before going to the House of Lords (which he called “the hospital for inc
Saki (H H Munro) is best known for his short stories, but in 1900- 1901 he wrote a series of political sketches for the Westminster Gazette based on Alice in Wonderland, and later collected as The
Henry “Inky” Stephens was the son of the founder of the Stephens Ink company and assured its success when his indelible blue-black ink became standard for government documents and navy