MP pens biography of gifted predecessor
The former MP for Hythe is the topic of a book published by the town’s current representative in Westminster.
Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins has written a biography of Philip Sassoon, who was elected as Hythe MP in 1912 and became the youngest member in the House of Commons at the time.
Mr Collins will be bringing the character to life at an event held at Eastwell Manor near Ashford on Friday July 8 to launch the book A Charmed Life.
The evening will include readings from the book and anecdotes about Sassoon’s political career in the Edwardian era and then in the glitz and glamour of the 1920s and 1930s.
His cousin was the esteemed war poet Siegfried Sassoon, but the pair had very different views on the First World War.
Mr Collins will recall some of the career highlights of the man, and how Folkestone, Hythe and Lympne were put on the map during those very different times.
Sassoon died aged just 50 in 1939.
Tickets for the evening including a four-course dinner, wine and cocktails. It costs £45.
For more information, call Eastwell Manor on 01233 213000.
Sir Philip Sassoon and MP Damian Collins