12 March 2012
James Pitman, grandson of Isaac Pitman - inventor of the most famous system of shorthand - was Tory MP for Bath (1945-...
01 March 2012
John Miller went into the law before deciding to train as a land surveyor and civil engineer instead, partnering Thomas...
20 February 2012
In his Rural Rides, William Cobbett, later MP for Oldham (1832-5) called East Grinstead "a rotten borough and a...
30 December 2011
Fitzroy Maclean served as Tory MP for Lancaster from 1941-59, having discovered he could escape from the Foreign Office...
UK Politics
26 September 2011
Wolverhampton formed part of the Staffordshire constituency before the Great Reform Act 1832 gave the town its own seat...
UK Politics
21 September 2011
Commander Stephen King-Hall fought at the Battle of Jutland in the First World War and left the navy to write full time...
15 August 2011
In 1806, Caesar Colclough was elected as one of the MPs for Wexford County, despite being a prisoner of war in France...
UK Politics
09 June 2011
Subtitled Essays of Hate from Oxford, this 1935 volume was edited by Richard Comyns Carr, son of the Liberal MP Arthur...
UK Politics
12 May 2011
Birmingham City FC started life as Small Heath/Small Heath Alliance and played at a ground in Coventry Road. Latterly,...
Politics
31 March 2011
Newmarket was a separate constituency only from 1885-1918, but its MPs were an interesting bunch. The first was the...
UK Politics
17 March 2011
Louth was an Irish constituency in the UK parliament from 1801 to 1922 (split into North and South from 1885 to 1918)....
UK Politics
17 March 2011
On 22 March, there will be a by-election in the Lords caused by the death of the Labour peer Lord Strabolgi. Strabolgi...
UK Politics
03 March 2011
The constituency of Reigate lost two MPs to the oceans. In 1808 Viscount Royston "was lost on board the Agatha,...
03 March 2011
Charles Royle was briefly (1923-24) Liberal MP for Stockport, winning one of the two seats by edging out the National...
UK Politics
24 February 2011
John Lewis was never quite elected as MP for Radnor. In 1768 an election petition saw his opponent Edward Lewis sent to...

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