UK 22 August 2014 The Returning Officer: Dartford Print HTML Jack Mills was chairman of the shop stewards’ committee at the Woolwich Arsenal. In 1920, he won a by-election after the death of the Coalition Liberal James Rowlands and became Dartford’s first Labour MP. An independent opponent in 1920, Frank Fehr, called himself a “Kentish man for a Kentish constituency”. The press noted that he was a “linseed oil expert from Chislehurst”. Colonel Reginald Applin stood for the National Party. Later, in the 1921 Westminster Abbey by-election, he was an anti-waste candidate, then the Tory MP for Enfield (1924-29, 1931-35). In 1935, he moved to South Africa, saying: “I shall leave for good [the] sooty buildings, petrol fumes and excessive income tax . . . the telephone, the radio and the traffic signals.” › Islamic State stands for the deaths of journalists and of free speech Subscribe This article first appeared in the 13 August 2014 issue of the New Statesman, A century of meddling in the Middle East More Related articles Leader: Europe and the long shadow of war Commons Confidential: Sleepy Zac is too laid-back How will Labour handle the Trident vote?