UK 17 April 2014 The Returning Officer: Camels Sign up to the Staggers Morning Call email * Print HTML In 1916, the Imperial Camel Corps was formed to suppress pro-Turkish tribes in Egypt and later saw service in Palestine. At least two MPs fought with the ICC. John Henry “Jack” Jones was Labour MP for Bolton (1945-50) and Rotherham (1950-62), having been a steel smelter, and he rose to the rank of regimental quartermaster sergeant. The other was Captain W F Strickland, a Tory MP for Coventry (1931-45). In a debate in 1920, the president of the Board of Trade Robert Horne confirmed that 4,862,000 pounds of camel hair had been imported from Russia. John Newman, MP for Enfield (1910-18) and Finchley (1918-23), queried this: “Are there any camels in Russia?” › How to end the bullying and harassment of MPs’ staff Subscribe This article first appeared in the 09 April 2014 issue of the New Statesman, Anxiety nation More Related articles The Nicholas Lezard guide to spending your book advance In her first interview of 2017, I pressed the Prime Minister for Brexit clarity Should we let our MPs resign to take better jobs?