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12 July 2016

The Returning Officer: Alice S G Brown

One August bank holiday, two of Brown's collection of wallabies escaped.

By Stephen Brasher

Frank Briant, the Liberal MP for Lambeth North, died in 1934. In addition to Labour, National Labour and Liberal candidates, Alice S G Brown stood in the by-election as an independent (some newspapers described her as an “independent imperialist”). Brown was a “director of 11 companies in the electrical industry”.

She said in her election address, “My three points will be my God, my king and my country. I want to see Britain as a self-supporting country. I also stand for an efficient air force and am in favour of a really

By 1950, she had moved to Sidmouth, Devon. On August bank holiday, two of her collection of wallabies escaped and were spotted by a local water engineer, Bert Scadding. It took several hours to recapture them. 

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This article appears in the 06 Jul 2016 issue of the New Statesman, The Brexit bunglers