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20 March 2014

The Returning Officer: Camberwell North

By Stephen Brasher

Cecil Manning was a Labour MP for Camberwell North (1944-50). A borough and LCC councillor, he had lost an arm during the First World War while serving in the London Regiment.

The first Labour MP for the seat, Charles Ammon, had won a 1922 by-election caused by the resignation of the Tory Henry Newton Knights, who had disappeared after a nervous breakdown and was then declared bankrupt.

In the general elections of 1922, 1923 and 1924, Ammon’s opponent was Dame Helen Gwynne-Vaughan, who had commanded the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and later the Women’s Royal Air Force.
Stephen Brasher

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