Show Hide image UK 29 January 2015 The Returning Officer: Totnes Bolsheviks in Devonshire. Print HTML Kate Spurrell was the Labour candidate for Totnes in 1924 and 1929. A teacher from Plymouth, she was president of the local branch of the NUT. She warned in 1922: “In the panic that has seized the economists who are obsessed by . . . colossal debt, education is threatened.” F B Mildmay was MP for Totnes from 1885 to 1922. When he retired, he was the last of the Liberal Unionists who had defied Gladstone over Home Rule. Having served in the Boer war, he fought in the First World War at Ypres. In 1922, his wife told a Unionist women’s conference that teachers should take an oath of loyalty, as they were spreading “Bolshevist propaganda” in Devonshire. Stephen Brasher › Post-traumatic spatial disorder: you see it, looking at old volcanoes. In Paris, I’m not so sure... Subscribe This article first appeared in the 23 January 2015 issue of the New Statesman, Christianity in the Middle East More Related articles For the first time in my life I have a sworn enemy – and I don’t even know her name Euston has to be the most horrible station in London, especially before ten in the morning Calais Jungle: What will happen to child refugees when they leave?