Thomas Cecil "Tom" Skeffington-Lodge(15 January 1905 – 23 February 1994) was a British Labour Party politician. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Bedford from 1945 to 1950.
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He was from a Yorkshire farming family which owned 2,000 acres. His mother, Winifred Skeffington, was a suffragette and his father, Thomas Lodge, from the famous Lodge family, American and British.
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Skeffington-Lodge fought Bedford at the 1945 general election and unexpectedly defeated the Conservative incumbent Richard Wells, by just 288 votes. He only served one term, however, before being beaten in 1950 by Winston Churchill's son-in-law Christopher Soames.
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