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primrose The Honourable Humphrey Napier,
Baron Alington (1859-1919).
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Like a number of his family members before him Baron Alington, was a politician and much of his support came from what he described as the 'labouring classes' whose patronage he encouraged with guidance on temperance and thrift. During his time as an M.P. Humphrey Napier Sturt attended regular speaking functions at dinners and meetings of the Primrose League, the Unionist Party and many other organisations. Having served as M.P for Christchurch; 1891 saw his adoption for the East Dorset seat. This unlikely move prompted much local surprise and some ridicule. A cartoon of the time recited the following verse.
The Hon. Humphrey Napier Sturt.
Vanity Fair. By SPY. 7th May 1892.
'Between two stools sat Humphrey Sturt and slipped and tumbled in the dirt; If Humphrey had but been discreet, he would not thus have sought defeat'
During the Boar War in South Africa he became a champion of the hardships suffered by the soldiers and was a staunch supporter of the British Government position of annexation. This led to robust speeches and election addresses. He also pressed hard for the abolition of the Corn Laws in an attempt to improve the prosperity of British agriculture.

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I am indebted to Mr.Gerald Duke for permission to use the above extract, this taken from his Web Site -- visit -- containing a most interesting history of the Sturt and Duke families, plus much relating to Brownsea Island.