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Sir Charles Trevelyan served in Parliament as a Liberal and '˜upper class socialist'.

Saturday, 30th July 2016, 08:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th July 2016, 09:47 am

He twice resigned, moved to Wallington, the Northumberland family home, and left it to the National Trust.

The story of a remarkable man was recalled for Berwick Probus Club by Major Mike Fraser.

He was born in London in 1870 into a family background of community service, and enjoyed visits to the Wallington summer home.

The family had great expectations of him.

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His father supported his efforts to become an MP who supported the public’s interests.

He was elected a Liberal in 1908 and in the weeks leading up to the First World War argued bitterly with Earl Grey of Fallodon. Trevelyan fought hard to keep the nation at peace, but in vain.

By 1918 he had resigned and joined Labour, serving on Ramsey McDonald’s first socialist Parliament. He was a sympathiser with Russia in World War II.

Having resigned again, he turned his attention to Wallington, improving the house, farms and gardens. He left the house, a major tourist attraction, to the National Trust.

He had resigned as a socialist in 1937 and died in 1957.

Major Fraser had been given access to study Trevelyan’s papers.