Monthly Archives: February 2013

MP of the Month: Viscount Ingestre

Viscount Ingestre (1803-68) was an Ultra-Tory MP whose greatest claim to fame was as the tireless champion of the dubious inventions of the charlatan ‘Captain’ Warner which would supposedly revolutionise naval warfare. Lord Stanley, the earl of Derby’s heir, noted … Continue reading

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A youthful romance: Tom Lefroy MP and Jane Austen

Last month marked the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which makes the subject of our Valentine’s Day blog all the more appropriate. One of the more memorable romantic tales involving MPs who sat in the Victorian Commons is … Continue reading

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Wiping the slate: some laws recently repealed

Last week (31 Jan. 2013) saw the enactment of the Statute Laws Repeal Act, a legislative initiative aimed at tidying up the UK’s statute book by repealing a host of obsolete and defunct laws, ranging from the 1500s to the present … Continue reading

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