Winston Churchill was a Member of Parliament for more than sixty years. Even while still at school, he’d said that he wanted to be a great parliamentarian like his father who was famous for his wit and fiery speeches and whom Winston revered.
He said once that he intended to ‘… beat my sword into an iron despatch box’.
He lost the first election he stood for as a Tory in Oldham in 1899 but won the second time around in the general election of 1900.
Winning this election was the beginning of his life-long devotion to the House of Commons.
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