UK Politics
01 April 2010
Richard Brinsley Sheridan is celebrated for his plays The Rivals and The School for Scandal, but he had a long and...
25 March 2010
Humphrey Gilbert proposed his own scheme to prove the existence of the North-West Passage and embarked on several...
UK Politics
11 March 2010
The late Michael Foot was believed to have been the last surviving pre-Second World War general election candidate,...
04 March 2010
W B Yeats was elected to the Irish Senate in 1922 and again in 1925. The Second World War poet John Pudney ("For...
Lifestyle
25 February 2010
Geoffrey Chaucer was elected a knight of the shire for Kent in 1386 before falling out of favour. The Cavalier poets...
UK Politics
11 February 2010
Taunton has had some prestigious MPs. Thomas Cromwell and Francis Bacon represented the constituency in the 16th...
Politics
04 February 2010
Victor Grayson is always the first name mentioned in Colne Valley, elected in a 1907 by-election as an Independent...
UK Politics
28 January 2010
Marmaduke Constable MP fought at Flodden Field in 1513 and was a knight of the shire for Yorkshire, then for...
21 January 2010
The recent death of the artist Craigie Aitchison brings to mind the career of his father, Craigie Mason Aitchison,...
Society
14 January 2010
Elected Lib/Lab MP for Derby in 1900, Richard Bell was the general secretary of the National Union of Railway Servants...
Society
07 January 2010
The railways have been entwined from the very beginning with parliament. William Huskisson, MP for Liverpool, was...
UK Politics
30 December 2009
York shows that MPs' expenses have long been an issue. During his reign, Edward IV, England's first Yorkist king,...
UK Politics
12 November 2009
Although seemingly a long-time Labour stronghold, Grimsby was never won by the party until 1945. This may have had...
UK Politics
05 November 2009
In 1940, the Wrekin's Tory MP James Baldwin-Webb drowned when the SS City of Benares was torpedoed while taking evacuee...
UK Politics
29 October 2009
John Bercow's election as Speaker probably ends the perception of him as a possible floor-crosser. Aidan Crawley, the...

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