Show Hide image UK 23 July 2015 The Returning Officer: Illustrations II On James Francis Horrabin. Print HTML James Francis Horrabin, born in Peterborough in 1884, started working as a cartoonist on the Sheffield Telegraph in 1906. After fighting with the Queen’s Westminster Rifles in the First World War, he became a founding member of the British Communist Party and was elected as Labour MP for Peterborough in 1929, defeating the Tory Henry Brassey, who had represented the area since 1910. He was an advocate of “socialist geography” and published books such as An Atlas of Current Affairs, a favourite of the Left Book Club. His cartoons for the Daily News, News Chronicle and Star included The Adventures of the Noah Family, Dot and Carrie (two office girls) and Japhet and Happy (a boy and a bear). In 1937, he hosted what may have been the world’s first current affairs TV show, News Map. › The great war of whimsy: on Louis de Bernières’s The Dust that Falls from Dreams From only £1 per week Subscribe This article first appeared in the 16 July 2015 issue of the New Statesman, The Motherhood Trap More Related articles Jeremy Corbyn challenged by Labour MPs to sack Ken Livingstone from defence review How the shadow cabinet forced Jeremy Corbyn not to change Labour policy on Syria air strikes How did I, obsessed with non-places, not know about the Trafford Centre?