The Returning Officer: Rusholme

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The shipowner Robert Stoker won Manchester Rusholme in the 1918 election but died less than a year later. John Henry Thorpe, the father of the future Liberal leader Jeremy, held the constituency for the Tories at the resulting by-election.

Roger Bevan Crewdson came last, standing for the National Party – a right-wing split from the Tories that dissolved in 1921. The next year, Crewdson stood as a Unionist in North Norfolk, having his pamphlet When Britons Will Be Slaves: the Peril of Nationalisation published by local printers. He later became editor of the journal National Opinion. A captain in the Royal Artillery in the First World War, he died in an air raid in 1941.

This article appears in the 24 September 2015 issue of the New Statesman, Revenge of the Left