Lecture to delve into mysterious disappearance of local MP Victor Grayson

THE MYSTERIOUS disappearance of Colne Valley MP, Victor Grayson, nearly a century ago, will be the subject of a Saddleworth Historical Society lecture on Saturday, April 1.

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Victor Grayson

David Clark, Grayson’s successor and Saddleworth’s MP from 1970-4, will reveal his latest research into the man and his unexplained disappearance.

Lord Clark was a politics lecture before representing Colne Valley and then South Shields in the Commons.

He became Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1997 and joined the House of Lords in 2001 as Baron Clark of Windermere.

Saddleworth was part of the Colne Valley constituency when, in 1907, Grayson was sensationally elected MP. As an Independent Socialist, Grayson’s by-election victory shook the British Establishment.

Although he was ousted by Liberals in 1910, Grayson remained in public life. Not without his enemies, he remained an important voice in British politics until one September morning in 1920 when he was last seen leaving his London flat with two men.

Clark’s talk represents decades of research which has seen him travel the globe in search of the truth behind one of Parliament’s most enigmatic figures.

Victor Grayson: the Man and the Mystery, will be held at Saddleworth Museum at 2pm on Saturday, April 1. All welcome, but a charge on the day for non-members. Refreshments available.


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