Newbold John (JWT)
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John Walton Turner Newbold was born on May 8th 1888 in Culcheth,
In June 1915, he married Madge Neilson, a Wishaw school teacher and well-known activist in the
Having declared himself a socialist at university, he embarked upon an increasingly left course, first joining the Fabians and then the ILP in 1910. Newbold was Labour’s unsuccessful candidate in
He was author of “How
He was one of the leading lights of the Left Wing Movement of the ILP, which urged affiliation to the Comintern. In a culmination of this trajectory, Newbold became
He was swept to victory in a by-election in November 1922 for
Newbold resigned from the Communist Party in 1924, and gradually, in increasingly bizarre steps, drifted to the right of politics, always seeming to be in the right place at the right time to be relevant in particular to some aspect of parliamentary politics. In 1929, he was a Labour candidate against Winston Churchill at Epping. But, in 1931, he resigned from Labour and supported MacDonald. This led him to support Churchill in his re-election at Epping in 1935.
In an odd change of course, he moved to
With the outbreak of the Second World War, Newbold inexplicably returned to
The increasingly strange zig-zagging political behaviour throughout his life has led some to suggest that Newbold was an agent for the British secret service all along from his days in university.
J W T Newbold died in 1943 in
Sources: various including “The Communist November 4th 1922