The Returning Officer: Chertsey

George Bingham, the fifth earl of Lucan, served in the rifle brigade before moving into politics, winning the 1904 Chertsey by-election for the Conservatives. He became the only Conservative ever to lose the seat when he was swept aside by Frank Marnham in the Liberal landslide of 1906.

Marnham only served one term, asking parliamentary questions about the exemption of sheepdogs from the dog licence and the number of road signs in each county council denoting danger to pioneering motorists. Surrey had 420.

Both lasted longer than John Fyler, who resigned 15 months after he won the 1903 by-election and is not recorded as speaking in the Commons at all. Philip Richardson, elected in the 1922 by-election, won a silver medal at the 1908 Olympics in the men’smilitary shooting team.