Show Hide image UK 26 March 2015 The Returning Officer: East Fife The old seat of Prime Minister Asquith heated up in 1918. Sign up to the Staggers Morning Call email * Print HTML East Fife was the seat of the Liberal prime minister H H Asquith from 1886 to 1918. In 1918, he was defeated by the Tory Colonel Sir Alexander Sprot, who had served in the second Boer war and the First World War. W P Morgan stood as an Independent Progressive, having been the Liberal MP for Merthyr Tydfil (1888-1900) until defeated by Keir Hardie. At an election meeting in Cupar, when asked about the Kaiser, he replied, as in the Book of Revelation, “He would give him a place in the sun where he would frizzle for ever.” Denying that he had been sent to split the vote by Lloyd George, Morgan said that he favoured Home Rule for Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Stephen Brasher › The new lodger moved in and out of the Hovel in a day. Who’d want to live with a middle-aged man? Subscribe This article first appeared in the 19 March 2015 issue of the New Statesman, British politics is broken 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?