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"The man who steps into the English Parliament takes his place in a pageant that has ever been filing by since the birth of English History"
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The origins of the History of Parliament
The History of Parliament was originally conceived by Josiah Wedgwood (1872-1942), MP for Newcastle-Under-Lyme in Staffordshire from 1906, and a Minister in the Ramsay Macdonald Government of 1924.
Wedgwood was a keen local historian and particularly interested in his forebears as MPs, and from 1928 began to try to persuade the government to fund a national dictionary of parliamentary biography, to record and identify all of the 75,000 members who had sat in all