The Returning Officer: Alice S G Brown

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

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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. 

Stephen Brasher

This article appears in the 07 July 2016 issue of the New Statesman, The Brexit bunglers