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Our old friend Prescott...

A comment maker over at Iain's place has jogged my memory about the Mouth of the Humber's rather more illustrious predecessor as MP for Hull, Andrew Marvell. His Wikipedia entry dubs him "a conscientious member of Parliament". Hmm.

This couplet comes from his poem of praise for Oliver Cromwell:

"Choosing each Stone, and poising every weight,
Trying the Measures of the Breadth and Height;
Here pulling down, and there erecting New,
Founding a firm State by Proportions true".

How very unlike the current administration....

And this from 'The Definition of Love':

My Love is of a birth as rare
As 'tis, for object, strange and high ;
It was begotten by Despair,
Upon Impossibility.

Returning, vaguely, to the topic at hand, any other nominations for curious successors to Parliamentary seats?

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Blogger Ellee Seymour said... 3:43 pm

I remember studying Andrew Marvell for A'level, he one of the Metaphysical Poets like John Donne, it was a great period in history, one of discovery and innovation.

In answer to your question, Oliver Cromwell, who used to live down the road from me, was MP for Huntingdon and that seat was also held by John Major. How about that for starters?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:53 pm

Yup, me too. I really enjoyed the metaphysical poets. Donne is my favourite, followed by Marvell. I've got a well thumbed edition of the Penguin 'Metaphysical Poets' hidden away somewhere.

Good spot - quite an odd succession, eh? Having cheated and engaged in a little light googling, Ann Widdecombe is Disraeli's successor and Lloyd-George's seat is held by a Plaid Cymru bod.  

Blogger Ellee Seymour said... 6:47 pm

Very interesting, you've started something here.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 7:41 pm

A bit more digging has thrown up a few more interesting ones:

George Galloway has what was Clem Attlee's seat, Bob Neill has Macmillan's seat, Eleanor Laing one of Churchill's many seats (Michael Meacher has another), and the tiresome Alun Michael Callaghan's seat.

Peel, Pitt, Wilson and Douglas-Home have been followed by people who probably aren't household names in the own houses...  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:25 am

Dear Croydonian

In another place, is it fair to dismiss all solicitors as a "widely loathed profession", together with estate agents ........ just because of a few Chipmonks

Yours ever

Attorney at Law  

Blogger Croydonian said... 8:25 am

AaL - Probably not, but that is how they are seen. I have a law degree myself.  

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