The Returning Officer: Mansfield

Naoroji Tarachand was removed from the medical register in 1924 on charges of neglecting his patients.

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In the 1918 election, Mansfield was won by Labour’s William Carter, who later became the general secretary of the Nottinghamshire miners. He beat the National Democratic Party’s George W S Jarrett, who had been given the coalition coupon, and the Liberal Violet Rosa Carruthers, a prominent anti-suffragist.

Naoroji Tarachand, a doctor, barrister and councillor, came last. A Parsee, he was elected as an independent to the east ward in 1906 but tried to get the result investigated over extra votes in the ballot boxes. In 1907, the Nottingham Evening Post noted that he was known for “curiosities in election literature”. He was removed from the medical register in 1924 on charges of neglecting his patients.

This article appears in the 24 April 2015 issue of the New Statesman, What does England want?