Total length of service: 42 years on behalf of Labour. Sir Dudley Smith still holds the record on the Conservatives' behalf (total length of service: 36 years).
He's pipped by Sir John Pakington - Smith had a total of 35 years 7 months. I can't find the dates of polls in Drotwich but the narrowest would be 36 years 5 months if it polled on the last day in 1837 and the very first in 1874.
(If you're wondering "Who?", it's appropriate as Pakington first served in the cabinet in the Who? Who? ministry.)
Post by timrollpickering on Jan 16, 2020 16:35:53 GMT
Should also note for completeness that Frank Field also broke the record for longest service in an individual seat last month when he lost Birkenhead after 40 & 1/2 years. He held this record for just a few hours before Skinner's defeat came through.
A new record was set today with the defeat of Dennis Skinner after 49 & 1/2 years.
How do all political careers end?
In different ways.
Retirement or death are how plenty end, just as other careers do, and are not treated as failure in other professions. Furthermore, if you get booted out because the voters consider the work for which they hired you to have been achieved, then in an odd sort of way, you might have succeeded.
I'd say Vince Cable's career ended as a clear success, with the only personal disappointment being that his scheduled introduction of an Assisted Dying private members' bill was stopped by the dissolution of Parliament.