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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Coalition in 1910 style

The Conservative and Lib-Dem coalition might seem like something new, but this picture is a reminder of 1910 when the same thing happened – and we ended up with two general elections within 12 months.

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NEW ERA: Crowds turn out at Windermere to hear Westmorland MPs Captain Bagot and Sir Lancelot Sanderson in 1910

Sharing a platform in Windermere are two of the 1910 victors – Sir Lancelot Sanderson and Lt-Col (then Captain) Josceline Fitzroy Bagot.

The poll in January 1910 resulted in a hung Parliament.

The Conservatives, under Arthur Balfour, struck up a coalition with the Liberals, led by Herbert Asquith.

It failed to provide stability and another general election was held in December 1910 – resulting in yet another hung Parliament.

Sir Lancelot Sanderson (1863 to 1944) was a Conservative politician and judge.

He was elected as MP for the Appleby division of Westmorland in both the 1910 elections. He resigned in 1915.

Lt-Col Josceline Fitzroy Bagot, of Levens Hall, was Conservative MP for South Westmorland from 1892 to 1906 and from 1910 to 1913.

He was nominated for a baronetcy in 1913 but died the same year.

He had gained the rank of captain with the Grenadier Guards in 1899 and fought in the Boer War in South Africa from 1899 to 1901.

He gained the honorary rank of Lt-Colonel with the Westmorland and Cumberland Imperial Yeomanry.

He wrote Colonel James Grahme of Levens: A Biographical Sketch of Jacobite Times in 1886.

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