Politics
22 July 2010
Thomas Babington Macaulay, the leading Whig historian, was in parliament for Calne, Leeds and Edinburgh between 1830...
Lifestyle
15 July 2010
Andy Burnham's remark that electoral reform was a "fringe pursuit for Guardian-reading classes" is ironic,...
Lifestyle
08 July 2010
In 1881, Walter Powell, the MP for Malmesbury since 1868, was lost when piloting the army balloon "Saladin"...
Lifestyle
01 July 2010
The early labour movement had a hostile attitude to Robert Baden Powell's Scout movement - suspecting it of imperialism...
24 June 2010
In 1946, a group of Labour MPs went to Athens, Thessaloniki and Macedonia on behalf of the League for Democracy in...
Politics
21 June 2010
Arthur Hall, elected for Grantham from 1571 to 1583, made the first translation of Homer's Iliad into English, although...
UK Politics
10 June 2010
These days, MPs rarely get the chance to go anywhere more exciting than Brussels if they leave parliament for a...
UK Politics
03 June 2010
The Combined Scottish Universities seat was the first in the UK to use STV rather than first-past-the-post. Its...
UK Politics
27 May 2010
In 1892, Anthony Hope (Hawkins), author of The Prisoner of Zenda, failed to be elected as a Liberal for South Bucks....
UK Politics
25 May 2010
C B Fry was the most famous sportsman of his day, holding the world long-jump record and an FA Cup final loser's medal...
12 May 2010
Colonel Thomas W Chester Master might have hoped for a resumption of his interrupted parliamentary career after he...
Politics
04 May 2010
Although many candidates were in favour of women's suffrage in the run-up to the First World War, relatively few stood...
UK Politics
29 April 2010
In 1977, someone in the Conservative Party thought it would be a good idea to publish a collection of recipes from Tory...
UK Politics
22 April 2010
Robert Maxwell sat as an MP in both the Irish (for Lisburn 1743-59) and English (Taunton 1754-68) parliaments,...
UK Politics
15 April 2010
William Ewart Gladstone was elected to parliament for the first time at Newark (as a Tory) in 1832. He was an MP for 61...

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