UK 20 November 2013 The Returning Officer: Chertsey Print HTML 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. › Why I won't be buying an Xbox One or a PS4 Subscribe This article first appeared in the 13 November 2013 issue of the New Statesman, The New Exodus More Related articles The dog at the end of the lead may be small, but in fact what I’m walking is a hound of love Inside Big Ben: why the world’s most famous clock will soon lose its bong Is our obsession with class propping up the powerful?