The Returning Officer: Camberwell North

Cecil Manning was a Labour MP for Camberwell North (1944-50). A borough and LCC councillor, he had lost an arm during the First World War while serving in the London Regiment.

The first Labour MP for the seat, Charles Ammon, had won a 1922 by-election caused by the resignation of the Tory Henry Newton Knights, who had disappeared after a nervous breakdown and was then declared bankrupt.

In the general elections of 1922, 1923 and 1924, Ammon’s opponent was Dame Helen Gwynne-Vaughan, who had commanded the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and later the Women’s Royal Air Force.
Stephen Brasher

This article first appeared in the 12 March 2014 issue of the New Statesman, 4 years of austerity

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Gerald Kaufman dies aged 86

Before becoming an MP, Kaufman's varied career included a stint as the NS' theatre critic.

Gerald Kaufman, the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and former theatre critic at the New Statesman, has died.

Kaufman, who served as the MP for Manchester Gorton continuously from 1970, had a varied career before entering Parliament, working for the Fabian Society in addition to his flourishing career in journalism and as a satirist, writing for That Was The Week That Was and as a leader writer on the Mirror. In 1965, he exchanged the press for politics, working as a press officer and an aide to Harold Wilson before he was elected to parliament in 1970.

Upon Labour’s return to office in 1974, he served as a junior minister until the party’s defeat in 1979, and on the opposition frontbenches until 1992, reaching the position of shadow foreign secretary. In 1999, he was chair of the Man Booker Prize, which that year was won by JM Coetzee’s Disgrace.

His death opens up a by-election in Manchester Gorton, which Labour is expected to win. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to British politics.