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125th Anniversary of the first socialist MP with a beard celebrated

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front
Media release
3rd July
Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

125th Anniversary of the first socialist MP with a beard celebrated

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has celebrated the 125th anniversary of the election of the first ever hirsute socialist MP Keir Hardie.

Hardie was elected for West Ham on 3rd July 1892 and on taking his Commons seat in August He refused to wear the “parliamentary uniform” of black frock coat, black silk top hat and starched wing collar that other working-class MPs wore. Instead, Hardie wore a plain tweed suit, a red tie and a deerstalker and a beard.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, Keir Hardie was the first socialist MP with a beard but he was certainly not the last. There are more at each Election now.

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