Top three: Newspaper facts
You can find out lots about your local politician ancestor, using The British Newspaper Archive
1If your ancestor was a councillor or a member of a committee, the results may have been recordedinthe local newspaper. Here is a report from an 1869 edition of the Northampton Mercury, showing my ancestor William Crick’s re-election as an improvement commissioner. It reveals his political persuasion and the number of votes he received.
2Did journalists expose your ancestor’s dodgy dealings or lewd secrets? This article from a 1894 issue of the Pall Mall Gazette reports the arrest of the LiberalMP for Tamworth and Burnley, Jabez Balfour. Balfour embezzled half a billion pounds in today’s sums, escaping to Buenos Aires before he was kidnaped and brought back for trial.
3The death or resignation of a local politician was bound to be noted in their local paper. Using the British NewspaperArchive, do a search for their name, narrowingthe results to within a week or so of their political or mortal demise. Also see if readers have written letters paying tribute tothem.