MP pens biog­ra­phy of gifted pre­de­ces­sor

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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.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne

Sir Philip Sas­soon and MP Damian Collins

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