Monthly Archives: January 2013

The member for Lambeth North, I presume?

The journalist and explorer Henry Morton Stanley was born on this day (28 January) in 1841. Famously associated with finding David Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika in 1871, what is less well-known is that Stanley served as an MP, albeit an … Continue reading

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MP of the month: William Hughes Hughes

There are always some MPs who defy convention and become something of an institution in the House. Many are respected, even fêted, for their idiosyncracy. Some though, for one reason or another, find themselves the object of derision and contempt. … Continue reading

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The Scottish dimension (1)

The 1832 Scottish Reform Act increased Scotland’s representation from 45 to 53 MPs, who represented 51 constituencies. In the 1832-68 period, 221 different men sat for Scottish constituencies. The number of Scotsmen who sat for English, Irish and Welsh seats … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from the Victorian Commons!

As 2013 begins, the Victorian Commons blog would like to wish all its readers a very Happy New Year! We’re looking forward to a new year of blogging, but in the meantime, here are some of our highlights of 2012. Our … Continue reading

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