4R. H. F. Oldman to Harrod, 11 December 1919 [a]

Oldman, John Simon's election agent for the Spen Valley by-election, invites Harrod to take contact with the sub-agent and undertake canvassing work where this is required. [1]

  1. 1. The by-election took place in January 1920. Simon, an independent Liberal, was defeated by the Labour candidate (he returned to Parliament only at the 1922 general election, representing the Spen Valley division of Yorks). For further correspondence on Harrod's canvassing see letters 5 R and 6 R; on the disagreement between Simon and Lloyd George, whose Coalition Liberal candidate siphoned off enough votes from Simon to determine his defeat, see for instance D. Dutton, Simon. A Political Biography of Sir John Simon, London: Aurum Press, 1992, pp. 55-56.
    1. a. From the Liberal Club, Cleckheton#, TLS, one page, in HPBL Add. 72734/33.

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