Thursday, May 16, 2019

Campaigning by canal in the 1953 North Paddington by-election

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In 1953 Bill Field, the Labour MP for North Paddington, was convicted of "importuning for immoral purposes". When he failed to overturn that conviction on appeal, he resigned his seat.

The resultant by-election saw the seat being held for Labour by Ben Parkin.

Here his Conservative rival John Eden, who was to sit for Bournemouth West between 1954 and 1983, takes to the Grand Union Canal to address some voters.

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