This political leaflet is from the 1899 Oldham by-election. It was here that a young man named Winston Churchill stood as a candidate for the first time and began an astonishing political career. Churchill and his fellow Conservative candidate lost this by-election but a year later Winston returned from his adventures as a war correspondent in South Africa to win the Oldham seat at a general election dominated by the issue of the Boer War.
A blue plaque outside Oldham Town Hall now marks the spot where Churchill made his first speech as an MP in 1900. However his subsequent defection to the Liberal Party caused much ill-feeling in the town and ensured that he did not attempt to defend his seat at the next general election.
Source: BBC – A History of the World – Object : Winston Churchill’s first election